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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (19 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444766260
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444766264
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 606,790 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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Leslie Charteris was born in Singapore and moved to England in 1919. He left Cambridge University early when his first novel was accepted for publication. He wrote novels about the Saint throughout his life, becoming one of the 20th century`s most prolific and popular authors.

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Nine short stories, the final collection in which the Saint is still clearly based in London*.

Unlike some readers, I've always preferred the full-length Saint adventures and the "novellas". This set is up to the standard of previous pre-war short stories, though, my favourite being "The Wicked Cousin".

And in the creepy final tale, we meet again Ivor Nordsten, who figured so prominently in The Misfortunes of Mr. Teal.

*When I wrote this, I didn't realise that some US editions at least have been americanised, with Inspector Fernack replacing Claud Eustace Teal, the £800 lost by Rosalind Hale becoming $4,000, and so forth.

Thanks to Pat Cahan for pointing this out.

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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By Graham Mummery TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 May 2014
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In recent months I have been coming back to Leslie Charteris and the Saint. It was partly prompted by repeats of the Roger Moore TV series from the sixties, which initially got me into also reading about Simon Templar. As seems to be a common consensus, I generally prefer the books from the thirties which strike me as both fresher and of a higher quality. A higher proportion of these were novels.

This book too comes from the thirties. Fans of the TV series will notice many of the stories here were adapted for that. And it seems Charteris adapted some of these stories later to fit wit a later era. The Saint here is less committed to friends who appear in the novels of the thirties, like his girlfriend, Patricia Holm who was eventually left out of the saga. From the original publication date (1939), it also suggests Charteris in this book was taking Simon away from them to being the fancy-free playboy in the George Sanders films and various TV series. And the lack of these characters tells.

However, some stories here I like very much. "The Clever Detective" in which a policeman tries to frame Templar works well, So does "The Star Producers," in which Charteris pokes fun at corrupt theatre agents, and has a marvellous twist at the end which the author states is based on fact. This is in one of several introductions to some stories where he explains changes made for later versions. These will be of interest interest to Saint fans, as is the editor's afterword giving some of their histories and how they were adapted for the TV series.

Yet, despite this, to my mind, many of the stories lack the vigour of the novels and novelettes written at the same time, perhaps because the longer formats allowed for more character and plot development.
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Saint Saga #21 27 Aug. 2012
By Paul Magnussen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Nine short stories, the final collection in which the Saint is still clearly based in London*.

Unlike some readers, I've always preferred the full-length Saint adventures and the "novellas". This set is up to the standard of previous pre-war short stories, though, my favourite being "The Wicked Cousin".

And in the creepy final tale, we meet again Ivor Nordsten, who figured so prominently in The Misfortunes of Mr. Teal.

*When I wrote this, I didn't realise that some US editions at least have been americanised, with Inspector Fernack replacing Claud Eustace Teal, the £800 lost by Rosalind Hale becoming $4,000, and so forth.

Thanks to Pat Cahan for pointing this out.

P.S. For a list of — and discussion of — all Charteris's Saint books, see my So You'd Like To... Guide.
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Marvelously satisfying mayhem! 14 Aug. 2014
By Pat Black - Published on Amazon.com
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I much prefer the Saint short stories to the novels. I don't like spy novels I guess. But I sure enjoy watching the Saint pull off his capers against both the cops and the real baddies. Satisfying retribution and seldom does anyone lose their life and if they do you know they deserved their fate.
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Good to read the Saint books again. 17 Aug. 2014
By Yorkiefun - Published on Amazon.com
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So good to be re-visiting the Saint. My paper copy of The Happy Highwayman was literally falling to dust. Thank you for making these available on Kindle.
A Nice Outing 30 Nov. 2014
By J. R. Trtek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a collection of nine pre-WWII short stories featuring Simon Templar, the dashing modern-day Robin Hood created by Leslie Charteris. The tales are all enjoyable if sometimes rather insubstantial. Still, there are enough little twists -- often predictable, once you get the hang of a typical Saint plotline -- and clever banter by endearing if somewhat stock characters to make it all quite fun.
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