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The Saint's Getaway by [Charteris, Leslie]
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Book 9 of 18 in The Saint (18 Book Series)
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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, becoming one of the 20th century`s most prolific and popular authors.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 659 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1444766023
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (25 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BFSM8RE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
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A REVIEW OF `THE SAINT'S GETAWAY' by LESLIE CHARTERIS

`The Saint's Getaway' (1932) is the ninth book and the fifth full-length novel in Leslie Charteris's collection of Simon Templar adventures. Set in Austria and Germany, it tells of our haloed-heroes adventures following his need to escape Blighty; a country in which his buccaneering reputation has temporarily gotten the better of him. Promising girlfriend Patricia Holm a quiet break on the continent, instead (following the rescuing of a wholly ungrateful, boodle-carrying hoodlum on a bridge who was otherwise being assaulted by a gang of attackers), The Saint becomes embroiled in a hunt for a collection of priceless precious stones that sees him come face-to-face once again with his old nemesis, Prince Rudolph.

Like all of the Simon Templar tales, `The Saint's Getaway' exists as a frothy and engaging thriller from the genre's golden age. Dead bodies, frame-ups, double-bluffs and disguises abound. There is a fabulous passage in which The Saint travels atop his enemies' car along swerving mountain roads, Hitchcock-esque escapades on a train, as well as a terrific finale with a bullet-bouncing shoot-`em-up.

The story also benefits from the interesting inclusion of a character named Monty Hayward. Hayward is a thriller book editor and effectively "lives the dream" as his ordered world is torn asunder by Templar and his buccaneering ways. What makes Hayward's inclusion interesting is that he is actually based upon Charteris's own friend and editor, Monty HayDON. In real life, the two would develop plot ideas over meals before Charteris hit the typewriter keys.
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This is the third and the final round of the Saint vs his arch-enemies, Rayt Marius and Prince Rudolf, although Marius doesn't appear on this book. The first is "The Last Hero" and the second is "Knight Templar". Also, this is just after "The Saint vs Scotland Yard" in which the Saint decided to leave England. He goes to Europe where he unexpectedly meets the Prince again.
It's a little pity that Rayt Marius doesn't appear on this book. That doesn't mean I prefer Marius to Rudolf. On the contrary, I like Prince Rudolf far better. He is the most attractive enemy; the man of velvet and steel, sleek as a sword-blade, always suave and inhumanly calm. Still, I wanted the Saint to settle not only with Rudolf, but also with Marius.
Anyway, I greatly enjoyed the story. It's a splendid tale of adventure and chase; thrilling, fast-paced, full of actions and wits. The showdown is so breath-taking! I'm terribly sorry this is really the final round.
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By Paul Magnussen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 July 2013
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The Saint and Patricia are in Innsbruck with their publisher friend Monty Hayward: in England there is rather more evidence against Simon than is good for him, and he resolves to behave himself and avoid any more trouble.

Until, strolling along the Rennweg, which runs beside the Inn, they come across a small harmless-looking man being assaulted by several toughs. They virtuously rescue the little man and throw the toughs into the river.

Unfortunately, it turns out that the toughs are policemen, and the little man is involved in a plot that leads the Saint into one of his best adventures, engulfing Monty in the process and careering around Austria and Germany at a breathless pace.

But most pleasurable of all is the return of the character who is Charteris's best villain, the one whom Simon previously crossed swords with in The Last Hero and again in Knight Templar — Crown Prince Rudolf.

It must be admitted that the means by which Rudolf's motives are finally revealed depends on a coincidence of mind-boggling proportions; but one which, after 307 pages of nonstop entertainment, I at least am willing to forgive. I've owned this book for over forty years, and I never tire of re-reading it.

(It no doubt also greatly pleased Charteris's publisher friend with whom he used to kick around plot ideas — one Monty Haydon.)

Variously published as "Getaway" and "The Saint's Getaway".

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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I read the saint novels in my teens and now I am in my seventies I am enjoying them all over again. I particularly like leslie Charteris's style of writing.
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