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The Saint on guard
Leslie Charteris
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The Saint on guard (Simon Templar 'The Saint' #39)

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  35 ratings  ·  4 reviews
The book consisted of the following stories:

The Black Market - When a shipment of iridium needed for the production of Allied weapons and equipment is hijacked and put on the black market, Templar hatches a scheme to recover the goods, supported by his shady US intelligence contacts and much to the chagrin of NYPD Inspector Fernack. But when one of his prime leads is murd
190 pages
Published 1980 by Severn House (first published 1944)
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This wartime caper, while a bit darker than the average Saint adventure, nevertheless fails to be one of his more memorable escapades. Perhaps this is due to the scrim of patriotic fervor that weighs down Simon's usual devil-may-care spirit; or perhaps it's simply difficult to reconcile a story that opens with a man being gruesomely burned alive with the lighthearted banter that typifies the Saint's chronicles.

[minor spoiler warning] This tale also has Simon working as agent for a nameless top-s
Zantaeus Glom
I thoroughly enjoyed these two archetypal 'ripping' yarns by Leslie Charteris. I recently bought a copy of 'The Saint' box set (the monochrome years) and read a terribly amusing book about the entire history of said bellicose fellow and soon felt that I should see what all the bally fuss was about. Like many of the better so-called 'pulp' writers he seems to have a greater command of the English language than many mainstream authors, and this agile wordplay is put to vivid use in these two stoli ...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in April 2001.

The last Saint book to be written during the war - it was published a few months after it ended - contains two stories, of an unusual length (most of the books contain one, three or twelve stories). They are typical in content, though, both about Simon Templar's battles on the American "home front", fighting the black market and sabotage.

Both stories use the same investigative technique; Simon Templar announces that he is going to do something a
A very quick read. A typical caper featuring the Robin Hood of the 20th century doing what he does best. Only this is during the Second World War, and The Saint has the backing of a spooky counter-intelligence sister concern of the FBI.

The plot is slightly convoluted and masala-filmy, but is kept afloat by a great first person narration of his own escapades by The Saint. As usual, the best parts are when he banters with, and raises the collective blood pressure of the the local police departmen
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Born Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin, Leslie Charteris was a half-Chinese, half English author of primarily mystery fiction, as well as a screenwriter. He was best known for his many books chronicling the adventures of Simon Templar, alias "The Saint."
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