The French Letter

A Novel
by tfawcus
The beginning
Chapter 1

The Envelope

Posted August 1, 2018
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Chapter 2: The narrator meets a young lady
Chapter 2

An Unexpected Meeting

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Chapter 3: The narrator becomes better acquainted with Helen
Chapter 3

At Parc Monceau

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Chapter 4. Some questions are answered
Chapter 4

Le Rendez-vous des Amis

Posted August 13, 2018
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Chapter 5: Charles gets a shock
Chapter 5

A Modern Mata Hari

Posted August 14, 2018
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Chapter 6. Choosing picnic supplies
Chapter 6

Rue Poncelet Market

Posted August 17, 2018
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Chapter 7 - A picnic deferred
Chapter 7

The Road to Versailles

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Chapter 8. A picnic and a meeting
Chapter 8

At Versailles - The Search Continues

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Chapter 9: Charles and Helen make progress
Chapter 9

An Interesting Turn of Events

Posted August 30, 2018
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Chapter 10: A delicate situation and some revelations.
Chapter 10

After Dinner

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Chapter 11 - Flight from the Hindu-Kush
Chapter 11

The Shadow of Darkness

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Chapter 12 - A Kalasha birthright
Chapter 12

Fairy Magic

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Chapter 13: A lucky break
Chapter 13

The Dog Who Smokes

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Chapter 14 - Helen continues her story
Chapter 14

Domaine de la Corniche

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Chapter 15: Helen continues her story
Chapter 15

Karachi

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Chapter 16: In and out of the sunshine
Chapter 16

Giverny

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Chapter 17: Some questions are answered, but others remain.
Chapter 17

Alain Gaudin

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Chapter 18: Who is JD?
Chapter 18

The Painting

Posted October 12, 2018
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Chapter 19: Charles decides to tail Helen to her rendez-vous
Chapter 19

A Car Chase

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Chapter 20 - Help comes from an unexpected direction.
Chapter 20

Rag-and-Bone Man

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Chapter 21: Madame Durand has some explaining to do.
Chapter 21

The French Mob

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Chapter 22: Temporary respite
Chapter 22

The Bangkok Connection

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Chapter 23: At Helen's apartment
Chapter 23

A Lightbulb Moment

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Chapter 24: The recovery of Helen's journal.
Chapter 24

Safe Haven

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Chapter 25: A slight case of separation anxiety
Chapter 25

The Seizure

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Chapter 26: Charles begins to read Helen's journal
Chapter 26

The Journal

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Chapter 27: The jigsaw begins to take shape
Chapter 27

A Meeting with Madame Durand

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Chapter 28: A surprising discovery
Chapter 28

The Moulin Rouge

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Chapter 29: After the Moulin Rouge
Chapter 29

Kayla's Story

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Escape from Bangkok
Chapter 30

Kayla's Story - continued

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Chapter 31: An overnight stop at Phun Phin
Chapter 31

The Journey to Phuket

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Chapter 32: Some differences of opinion
Chapter 32

A Night at Rue Gabrielle

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Chapter 33: Some surprising developments
Chapter 33

The Drug Bust

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Chapter 34: A parting of the ways.
Chapter 34

The French Letter

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Charles learns a few home truths
Chapter 35

Revelations in Montmartre

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Chapter 36: Charles goes it alone
Chapter 36

The Eurostar to England

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Chapter 37: ...more about Sir David Brockenhurst
Chapter 37

A Chance Meeting

Posted January 24, 2019
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Sir David's proposition
Chapter 38

A Matter of Moolah

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Chapter 39: A Journey to the West Country
Chapter 39

Moonraker Cottage

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Chapter 40: Dulce Domum
Chapter 40

The Fallen Angel

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Chapter 41: Some connections are made.
Chapter 41

A FaceTime Call

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Chapter 42: Blackberries and Mushrooms
Chapter 42

A Rude Awakening

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Chapter 43: En-route for London
Chapter 43

What's in a Name?

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Chapter 44: Catching up with an old friend
Chapter 44

The Old Bell

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Chapter 45: Sir David Brokenhurst reveals his true identity
Chapter 45

At the RAF Club

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Chapter 46: I spy with my little eye.
Chapter 46

Babylon-on-Thames

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Chapter 47: Charles delivers a package
Chapter 47

Queen's Messenger

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Chapter 48: Charles suffers from delayed shock
Chapter 48

Barking at the Moon

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Chapter 49: Charles finds himself in a tight corner
Chapter 49

La Galerie Arnoux

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Chapter 50: Caught - hook, line, and sinker.
Chapter 50

An Unexpected Visitor

Posted April 9, 2019
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Chapter 51: Charles exhibits a little bravado
Chapter 51

The Worm Turns

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Chapter 52: The mission
Chapter 52

The UK Embassy in Paris

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Chapter 53: Madame Durand
Chapter 53

A Web of Deceit

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Chapter 54: Never on a Sundae
Chapter 54

Nearly a Cat-astrophe

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Chapter 55: Charles gets shirty
Chapter 55

Hung Out to Dry

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Chapter 56: A meeting with Kayla
Chapter 56

Day Tripper

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Chapter 57: Charles discovers more about Kayla
Chapter 57

Stumblebum

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Chapter 58: A woman's wiles
Chapter 58

Oysters and Champagne

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Chapter 59: Confessions
Chapter 59

A Night to Remember

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Chapter 60: Charles makes several mistakes
Chapter 60

Small Arms Fire

Posted May 11, 2019
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Chapter 61: Electronic surveillance
Chapter 61

Well, I'll be bugged!

Posted May 20, 2019
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Chapter 62: Charles returns to England with Helen.
Chapter 62

Thrills and Spills

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It's a dog's life.
Chapter 63

The Three Horseshoes

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Chapter 64: A faux pas or two
Chapter 64

The Markhor

Posted June 8, 2019
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Chapter 65: A night at The Willows
Chapter 65

The Slaying of the Markhor Pt 1

Posted June 12, 2019
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On the Slopes of Tirich Mir
Chapter 66

The Slaying of the Markhor Pt 2

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Chapter 67: A face at the window
Chapter 67

The Potting Shed

Posted June 16, 2019
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Chapter 68: A NIght to Remember
Chapter 68

Things Warm Up at Moonrakers

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Chapter 69: A fire and its aftermath
Chapter 69

Rising From the Ashes

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Friends rally around
Chapter 70

The Aftermath of Disaster

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Chapter 71: Some farewells
Chapter 71

A Cloak-and-Dagger Assignment

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Chapter 72: A surprise encounter
Chapter 72

Spaced Out

Posted July 5, 2019
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Chapter 73: The French letter - at last!
Chapter 73

A Diamond in the Rough

Posted July 7, 2019
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Chapter 74: The contents of the letter.
Chapter 74

Demons

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Chapter 75: A deal is arranged
Chapter 75

Caliban

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Chapter 76: A meeting at the British Embassy in Paris
Chapter 76

A Matter of Chivalry

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Chapter 77: A final briefing before departure
Chapter 77

The Snow Leopard

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Contest Winner
Chapter 78: Final preparations.
Chapter 78

Up, Up and Away

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Chapter 79: An unpleasant journey
Chapter 79

A Bumpy Ride

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Chapter 80: Taken for a ride
Chapter 80

Lahore

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A shopping expedition
Chapter 81

The Liberty Market

Posted August 20, 2019
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Chapter 82: Rescued by Rasheed
Chapter 82

An Explosive Situation

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Our taxi driver turns.
Chapter 83

Rasheed

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Chapter 84: The escape plan
Chapter 84

Pakor, Kurta and Lungi

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Chapter 85: At Lahore Railway Station
Chapter 85

A Narrow Escape

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Chapter 86: On the train to Islamabad
Chapter 86

Some Awkward Conclusions

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An unexpected change of plan
Chapter 87

Abdul and the Pink Elephants

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Chapter 88: The Deputy High Commissioner
Chapter 88

Call Me God

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Chapter 89: Chonk, chonk, chonk
Chapter 89

The Graveyard Nightjar

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Chapter 90 - Entering the Unknown
Chapter 90

The Akond of Swat

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Chapter 91: The Blizzard
Chapter 91

Gone to Ground

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Chapter 92: A Plan of Action
Chapter 92

Dawn in the Hindu Kush

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Chapter 93: Rockfall
Chapter 93

The Vultures Gather

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Chapter 94: A Helicopter Ride
Chapter 94

Some Awkward Questions

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Chapter 95: Transfer to Chitral District Jail
Chapter 95

A Potential Ally

Posted November 11, 2019
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Chapter 96: While there's life, there's hope
Chapter 96

A Time for Reflection

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Contest Winner
Chapter 97: Stone walls do not a prison make ...
Chapter 97

Solitary Confinement

Posted November 18, 2019
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Chapter 98: Some questions answered.
Chapter 98

Back to Civilisation

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Chapter 99: A new development
Chapter 99

A Slip of the Tongue

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Chapter 100: Here we go round the Mulberry Bush
Chapter 100

A Nightcap

Posted December 7, 2019
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Chapter 101: Premonitions of disaster
Chapter 101

A Restless Night

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Chapter 102: Sir Abdul Abidi
Chapter 102

The Peacock

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Chapter 103: Helen's whereabouts discovered.
Chapter 103

A Taste of Ash

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Chapter 104: Differences of opinion.
Chapter 104

A Game of Chicken

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Chapter 105: We meet Auntie Mozama
Chapter 105

The Road to Bumburet

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106: Kayla reveals her motives
Chapter 106

Vengeance is Mine

Posted January 7, 2020
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Kayla tells of her time in Phuket.
Chapter 107

Snakes Alive!

Posted January 15, 2020
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Chapter 108: Dissension in the camp
Chapter 108

Mind Your Own Onions

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Chapter 109: In which we meet a gnome in a pancake hat.
Chapter 109

A Thief in the Night

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Chapter 110: The Three Weapons
Chapter 110

An Unlikely Ally Emerges

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Chapter 111: Minaxi leads the way
Chapter 111

The Hidden Path

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Chapter 112: In which Charles makes a crucial mistake.
Chapter 112

The Lion's Den

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Chapter 113: Mission accomplished
Chapter 113

The Three-Cornered Jack

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Chapter 114: The Last of The Lion
Chapter 114

Back to Normality

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Chapter 115: A parting of the ways
Chapter 115

The Promise of the Milkhon

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Chapter 116: Charles's adventures are over ... or are they?
Chapter 116

The Final Chapter

Posted February 21, 2020
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