Dope by Sax Rohmer

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At the age of forty-five Monte Irvin was not ill-looking, and, indeed, was sometimes spoken of as handsome. His figure was full without being corpulent; his well-groomed black hair and moustache and fresh if rather coarse complexion, together with the dignity of his upright carriage, lent him something of a military air. This he assiduously cultivated as befitting an ex-Territorial officer, although as he had seen no active service he modestly refrained from using any title of rank. Some quality in his brilliant smile, an oriental expressiveness of the dark eyes beneath their drooping lids, hinted a Semitic strain; but it was otherwise not marked in his appearance, which was free from vulgarity, whilst essentially that of a successful man of affairs.

He adjusted his neat tie, replaced the mirror, knocked at the door and entered the room of the Assistant Commissioner. This important official was a man constructed on huge principles, a man of military bearing, having tired eyes and a bewildered manner. He conveyed the impression that the collection of documents, books, telephones, and other paraphernalia bestrewing his table had reduced him to a state of stupor. He looked up wearily and met the fierce gaze of the chief inspector with a glance almost apologetic.

Regaining his self-possession by a visible effort, he crossed to a small side-table upon which the instrument rested. Rolling the cigar stump into the left corner of his mouth, he took up the receiver. " he said. " said Monte Irvin. "My name is Brisley. I have a message for Mr. " "Monte Irvin speaking. " Irvin's deep, rich voice was not entirely under control. "Yes, sir. " "Twenty minutes later came out. Lady was with Sir Lucien. Both walked around to old Bond Street. " breathed Irvin. "--Overtook them there.

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