"God and His Angels bless you, Dirk; you shall hear the trumpet on the other side. Goodbye, old warrior." With this blessing, Richard Hannay kisses Dirk Huysman, the man who had brought him up in South Africa after his parents died, and who is now dead himself, leaving Hannay with one last commission - to find his old adversary, Desmond Leigh, and to give him a fortune in uncut diamonds after Hannay is assured by Desmond Leigh that he bears no ill-will towards Huysman. Three months later in England, Hannay finds Desmond Leigh. He is married to a beautiful young woman called Barbara, but is a drunken wastrel. Leigh has enemies, too, from South Africa, two brothers by the name of Baxter who are owed money by Leigh. The elder brother, Meredith Baxter, declares that he is going to confront Leigh at gunpoint and demand to know where his money is. Baxter arrives while Hannay is visiting Leigh, and Leigh is murdered by Meredith Baxter. Hannay captures Baxter and hands him over to the police. He is subsequently charged with murder, and there is a trial. Meanwhile, Leigh's young widow Barbara is not wasting any time grieving over her late husband. She plans to marry Henry Milner, and take up farming in Ceylon. Hannay still has the diamonds, however. Because Leigh had been abusive about Dirk Huysen one of the main conditions of the bequest was not fulfilled - namely, that Leigh bore no ill-will towards Dirk Huysen. Hannay, who does not trust Milner, tells Barbara that he will leave the diamonds in trust for herself and any children that she and Milner may have. Henry Milner knows about the diamonds and is after them. He manipulates Barbara into laying a trap for Hannay, and events take an even more dark and dramatic turn, with tragic results. Greed, disloyalty, marital infidelity and violence ultimately lead the characters in this dramatic episode of 'Hannay' to their pre-determined ends.moreless
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