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'I am the Saint - you may have heard of me. Just a twentieth-century privateer. In my small way I try to put right a few of the things that are wrong with this cock-eyed world' Simon Templar, aka the Saint. On the side of the law and yet outside it, the Saint, exciting, debonair and very slightly disreputable, lives for adventure. Here he is at his ebullient best, ...more
Paperback, 800 pages
Published December 11th 2008 by Hodder Paperback
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Sep 09, 2014 Davidg rated it liked it
I can remember a row of yellow spines in the library back in the early 70s, all about this character called the Saint. There was a television programme that I had never seen that seemed to be about him too, but that series might have finished by then. And that was all, I never picked one up and that might have been for the best, I probably wouldn't have enjoyed them at that earnest age.

I found a perfect, seemingly unread copy second hand and thought that after many noir books, I might give this
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Jun 07, 2014 Jc rated it really liked it
A wonderful collection of a very special series of mystery-adventures from the age of the pulps. All the best Saint stories are by the original author/creator, Leslie Charteris -- and this collection really does have some of his most entertaining. Charteris featured Simon Templar in much of his writing from the late 1920s to ca.1960, but many of the best were written prior to 1940, and it is from then the dozen stories in this collection are selected. There are a number of good Saint collections ...more
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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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