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Leslie Charteris
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1 Feb 1971

In these six stories, Simon Templar’s uncanny ability to find an adventure wherever he goes leads him into some very strange affairs. In Bermuda, he has to solve the case of a missing husband; in England, he has to stop a husband whose wives tend not to last long. He deals with a murder in a nudist colony, hunts for oil, matches wits with a woman as ruthless as he is, and goes fishing for a drug-smuggling ring.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; New impression edition (1 Feb 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340128119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340128114
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,115,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Saint is back - the thirty-five original books starring the debonair classic crime hero are being republished in print and ebook with new introductions and extra content.

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About the Author

Leslie Charteris was born in Singapore on May 12th, 1907. With his mother and brother, he moved to England in 1919 and attended Rossall School in Lancashire before moving on to Cambridge University to study law. His studies there came to a halt when a publisher accepted his first novel. His third book, entitled Meet the Tiger!, was written when he was twenty years old and published in September 1928. It introduced the world to Simon Templar, aka the Saint.

He continued to write about the Saint until 1983 when the last book, Salvage for the Saint, was published. The books, which have been translated into over thirty languages, number nearly a hundred and have sold over 40 million copies around the world. They’ve inspired, to date, fifteen feature films, three TV series, ten radio series, and a comic strip that was written by Charteris and syndicated around the world for over a decade. He enjoyed travelling but settled for long periods in Hollywood, Florida, and finally in Surrey, England. He was awarded the Cartier Diamond Dagger by the Crime Writers’ Association in 1992, in recognition of a lifetime of achievement. He died the following year.

To find out more about Leslie Charteris and his work, visit www.lesliecharteris.com.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Saint Saga Nº 34 8 Feb 2014
By Paul Magnussen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Six tales; set in San Francisco, Florida (twice), California (twice) and Mississippi.

As previously, although the plots have by now become rather formulaic, the details remain inventive.

3½ stars.

P.S. For a list of all Charteris's Saint books (in two sections, because of length limitations) see my Listmanias.

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For some reason, Amazon has chosen to post the review (from The Saint Around the World) also on the page for The Saint to the Rescue, and vice versa, despite an e-mail asking them to fix this.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Saint Saga Nº 31 16 July 2013
By Paul Magnussen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Six stories, of moderate length:

• in "The Patient Playboy" (Bermuda) Simon tries to help a wife recover her kidnapped husband.

• "The Talented Husband" (England) finds the Saint helping dear old Claud Eustace Teal to solve his last case before he retires.

• in "The Reluctant Nudist" (France) Simon solves a particularly egregious murder.

• in "The Lovelorn Sheikh" (The Middle East) he helps an oil prospector who has had the misfortune to fall foul of a local potentate, producing a potentially drastic confrontation with Islamic law.

• "The Pluperfect Lady" (Malaya ) is perhaps the best story of the bunch, taking place during what the British euphemistically call The Malayan Emergency, i.e. a guerilla campaign (1948-60) fought to prevent a communist takeover. The characters and background are skilfully drawn, and there are interesting allusions to the Saint's early days in the country, even before the start of Meet the Tiger.

• "The Sporting Chance" (Vancouver), with its rather banal Cold War stereotypes, is the poorest story, despite the nostalgic reference to Norman Kent (of The Last Hero).

One of the nice things about all the Saint stories is that Charteris always seems intimately familiar with the different locations he writes about.

Am I alone in thinking that product placements seem to have found their way into the later ones — in this instance, for Dry Sack (sherry) and Peter Dawson (whisky)? The sentence construction and the repeated mention of the brand names both seem uncharacteristically clumsy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Saint Saga #31 16 July 2013
By Paul Magnussen - Published on Amazon.com
Six stories, of moderate length:

• in "The Patient Playboy" (Bermuda) Simon tries to help a wife recover her kidnapped husband.

• "The Talented Husband" (England) finds the Saint helping dear old Claud Eustace Teal to solve his last case before he retires.

• in "The Reluctant Nudist" (France) Simon solves a particularly egregious murder.

• in "The Lovelorn Sheikh" (The Middle East) he helps an oil prospector who has had the misfortune to fall foul of a local potentate, producing a potentially drastic confrontation with Islamic law.

• "The Pluperfect Lady" (Malaya ) is perhaps the best story of the bunch, taking place during what the British euphemistically call The Malayan Emergency, i.e. a guerilla campaign (1948-60) fought to prevent a communist takeover. The characters and background are skilfully drawn, and there are interesting allusions to the Saint's early days in the country, even before the start of Meet the Tiger.

• "The Sporting Chance" (Vancouver), with its rather banal Cold War stereotypes, is the poorest story, despite the nostalgic reference to Norman Kent (of The Last Hero).

One of the nice things about all the Saint stories is that Charteris always seems intimately familiar with the different locations he writes about.

Am I alone in thinking that product placements seem to have found their way into the later ones — in this instance, for Dry Sack (sherry) and Peter Dawson (whisky)? The sentence construction and the repeated mention of the brand names both seem uncharacteristically clumsy.

3½ stars.

P.S. For a list of — and discussion of — all Charteris's Saint books, see my So You'd Like To... Guide.
5.0 out of 5 stars Six great stories. I espespecially liked The Patient Playboy for ... 3 Sep 2014
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Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Six great stories. I espespecially liked The Patient Playboy for the return of Inspector Teale.
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