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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (29 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144476618X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444766189
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 5.6 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 755,652 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.

About the Author

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, and was one of the 20th century's most prolific and popular authors. He died in 1993.

Visit www.lesliecharteris.com for more information.


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I've always found this to be one of the better books of the Saint canon. It's a collection of three stories and an episode I found particularly intriguing is in 'The Unlicensed Victuallers', where the Saint is in a pub and buys a round of drinks for everyone in the bar, paying for it with a ten shilling note (50p in today's money). We're then told that he scooped up his change before walking out! Happy days indeed when you could buy a round of drinks for a bar-full of customers for less than fifty pence. This book was written in 1937; even so, I wouldn't have thought drinks would have been that cheap. But there you go; this was way before my time.

On a grimmer note, it's at the end of this story that Templar subjects the gang of villains to a particularly merciless and horrific end. It's enough to cause a shudder just thinking about it. I can't imagine Roger Moore's Saint behaving in this fashion.

All in all, an excellent book, even if modern readers will find these stories - and indeed, all of the Saint stories - very far-fetched. But who cares? The Saint stories are meant to be fun. And that's exactly what they are. Enjoy!
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By Paul Magnussen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Oct. 2011
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This book — originally entitled The Ace of Knaves, from 1937 — comprises three short novels (or novellas).

"The Spanish War" is in fact the Civil War, and the story concerns a scheme to finance Franco with forged bonds.

The background is, as usual, accurate. Charteris was actually in the Canary Islands when Franco was there plotting with the Germans. At that time, the British government was bent on appeasement (or more accurately, as subsequently declassified documents now show, active collaboration). But the author (as shown by the Saint's embittered opening speech, which — characteristically — also manages to embrace the British licensing laws) was a fan of neither Franco nor Hitler. Charteris (along with Tolkien and H.J. Eysenck) was one of those known later as "premature anti-Nazis".

In "The Unlicensed Victuallers", the Saint deals drastically with smugglers, and in "The Beauty Specialist" with a particularly vicious blackmailer. These two stories are somewhat grimmer than usual, but the last especially is among my favourites.

Hoppy Uniatz figures prominently, and Pat, Orace, Peter and Claud Eustace are all here.

But... "The Saint in Action"? Are there any stories where he spends the whole time lying in bed?

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Might seem familiar 31 Dec. 2014
By Jeanne Tassotto - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a trio of Saint adventures that all, under different titles, appeared as episodes of the Roger Moore series.

Those stories, dating from the early 1930's feature a Simon Templar that those of us who began the series by watching those Roger Moore episodes from the 1960's would recognize. Simon is actively engaged in his long standing feud with Inspector Teal, has an established reputation to both the criminal world and the general public and has done well enough in his chosen career to fund an extensive elaborate organization.

There are two characters that figure prominently in these stories that did not appear in the tv series - Patricia, the Saint's girl friend and co-crusader, and Hoppy, a perpetually inebriated man of all work. Together this trio takes on smugglers, rebels from the Spanish Civil War and a particularly nasty blackmailing ring in these stories.

The stories are exciting, well crafted and sure to keep the reader happily turning pages far into the night but they do show their age in certain regards. Besides the obvious technological innovations that have taken place since these stories first appeared 80 years ago
there changes in society's attitudes as well. When the stories were first written Hoppy was considered comic relief, a buffoon that the reader would laugh about. Today he would be an object of pity, an alcoholic who was quite possibly mildly retarded. Even the Saint and Pat's consumption of both alcohol and cigarettes will probably cause the modern reader to pause. The stories are so exciting, that it is well worth the reader to over look these politically incorrect matters, or better yet to decide to find them charming, and just enjoy the adventures.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saint Saga #17 14 Oct. 2008
By Paul Magnussen - Published on Amazon.com
This book — originally entitled The Ace of Knaves, from 1937 — comprises three short novels (or novellas).

"The Spanish War" is in fact the Civil War, and the story concerns a scheme to finance Franco with forged bonds.

The background is, as usual, accurate. Charteris was actually in the Canary Islands when Franco was there plotting with the Germans. At that time, the British government was bent on appeasement (or more accurately, as subsequently declassified documents now show, active collaboration). But the author (as shown by the Saint's embittered opening speech, which — characteristically — also manages to embrace the British licensing laws) was a fan of neither Franco nor Hitler. Charteris (along with Tolkien and H.J. Eysenck) was one of those known later as "premature anti-Nazis".

In "The Unlicensed Victuallers", the Saint deals drastically with smugglers, and in "The Beauty Specialist" with a particularly vicious blackmailer. These two stories are somewhat grimmer than usual, but the last especially is among my favourites.

Hoppy Uniatz figures prominently, and Pat, Orace, Peter and Claud Eustace are all here.

But... "The Saint in Action"? Are there any stories where he spends the whole time lying in bed?

P.S. For a list of all Charteris's Saint books, look up "Simon Templar" (section "The Saint book series") on Wikipedia.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alright! 27 Mar. 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Once again, Leslie Charteris was successful in bringing Simon Templar to life. He really surprised me with the identity of the head bad-guy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended 3 July 2016
By auntie may - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed every book in this series. Beautifully written, with a retro jetset vibe that can only come from having been there. If you're looking for good fun, great characters, and engaging plots, this is for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Fan of The Saint 22 Aug. 2015
By Betsy Becker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I've always been a big fan of The Saint
Wonderfully written, filled with great adventures . So much the, fire runner of Bond
A must read.....
Fast easy& always a few laughs
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