Underground Reading: A Purple Place for Dying by John D. MacDonald
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It was a golden toad, a nasty looking thing the size of my fist. It had ruby eyes, a rhino horn and its head, and a body worked of overlapping scales like a fish.

"This is the only object we have on hand at the moment, sir. It is completely documented and authenticated. Javanese Empire, close to two thousand years old."

It had a look of ancient, sardonic evil.

- John D. MacDonald, A Deadly Shade of Gold (1965)