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5.0 out of 5 stars The Saint and "Poor" Mr. Teal, 1 Mar 2001
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This review is from: The Saint and Mr. Teal (Paperback)
This book contains three stories; "The Gold Standard", "The Man from St. Louis" and "The Death Penalty".
This book is written after "The Saint vs Scotland Yard" in which the feud between the Saint and Mr. Teal reached to the bitterest and the Saint ran away to Europe. In this book, the Saint goes back to England to be a headache for poor Inspector Teal again. But their relationship gets a little milder. It is rather surprising that Teal can discriminate between the Saint and ferocious villains in spite of his bitter feeling to the Saint.
All the three stories are much better plotted than earlier Saint novels (such as "Knight Templar" and "Alias the Saint" I read before). The stories are fast-paced and action-packed. And the endings are sophisticated; the Saint gets rid of villains illegally as always, but he shows various solutions, not just kill them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Saint at his best, 20 Mar 1997
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This review is from: The Saint and Mr. Teal (Paperback)
The Saint, one of mystery's more unique characters, was
the subject of over 40 books, many movies, and a television series.

Simon Templar, the Robin Hood of Modern Crime was
more than a dectective, more than a criminal -- a law
to himself. In the name of Justice The Saint preyed on
criminals and con artists that the Law could not or would
not touch. At the same time he tweeked the noses of
Scotland Yard, specifically Chief Inspector Teal.

If you are looking for a hero with the morals of a pirate and the sense of humor of PG Wodehouse, the Saint
is one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Saint, 18 Jan 2000
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This review is from: The Saint and Mr. Teal (Paperback)
This 3 story collection follows on directly from the events related in "The Saint's Getaway" and details the Saint's return to London.
In the first story, "The Gold Standard" - also available in the "Fantastic Saint" collection - Simon Templar foils a plan to crash the world gold market, whilst "The Man From St. Louis" is sent off home before he can set up an American style gangster underground in London.
"The Death Penalty" is perhaps the most dated story, with it's subplot of beautiful white girl being sold into the harem of a wily foreign gentleman; but it shares with "The Man From St Louis" a glimpse of the Saint's earlier life before the commencement of the Saint Saga. "The Man From St Louis" also includes the first hint of Charteris' own dissatisfaction with the stultifying life of London and Britain that would eventually send him to America, and the Mark III model of the Saint.
In all 3 stories, Simon Templar aids the police in his own inimitable fashion, not always on the right side of the law as embodied in the generous figure of Chief Inspector Claud Eustace Teal, but definitely on the side of the angels. Although an angel with a diablic sense of humour sometimes - witness the departure of Basher Tope, Ronald Nilder and the branding on the cheek of Abdul Osman.
This is a classic Saint collection first published in 1933. It is hard to see why there are not more Saint books in publication. They are such superb escapist fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saint Saga Nş 10, 4 Oct 2008
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Paul Magnussen (Campbell, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Saint and Mr. Teal (Paperback)
The Saint, returning to England via France after his round against Prince Rudolf and the entire German police force, has counteracted Claud Eustace Teal's ambition to arrest him immediately by a method that (let it be admitted) is not really cricket, and which draws upon him the disapproval of his lady; but which is effective nonetheless.

In Paris he has heard the last words of the victim of a murder that he was too late to witness. But this is enough draw the killer's attention to him, involving him in the first of the three adventures related here. The mainspring of the story is a scientific invention that was implausible even by the standards of 1933; but if those with a knowledge of atomic physics can put it temporarily aside, they will still find an enjoyable yarn.

The next story finds Simon helping Chief Inspector Teal for once, combatting an outbreak of gangsterism in London, and in the final one he deals in a fairly drastic way with two purveyors of something possibly even more unpleasant.

All of these novelettes, especially the last two, are rather grimmer and more serious than the general run of Saint stories, despite several comic interludes. But then, who wants a non-stop diet of froth?

Variously published as "Once More the Saint" and "The Saint and Mr. Teal".

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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