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By Graham Greene

In the course of global struggle II a gaggle of guys is held prisoner through the Germans, who ascertain that 3 of them needs to die. this is often the tale of the way a type of males trades his wealth for his life—and lives to pay for his act in completely unforeseen methods.

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