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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Ace Books (January 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441013503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441013500
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,051,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Leslie Charteris was born in Singapore on May 12th, 1907. With his mother and brother, he moved to England in 1919 and attended Rossall School in Lancashire before moving on to Cambridge University to study law. His studies there came to a halt when a publisher accepted his first novel. His third book, entitled Meet the Tiger!, was written when he was twenty years old and published in September 1928. It introduced the world to Simon Templar, aka the Saint.

He continued to write about the Saint until 1983 when the last book, Salvage for the Saint, was published. The books, which have been translated into over thirty languages, number nearly a hundred and have sold over 40 million copies around the world. They’ve inspired, to date, fifteen feature films, three TV series, ten radio series, and a comic strip that was written by Charteris and syndicated around the world for over a decade. He enjoyed travelling but settled for long periods in Hollywood, Florida, and finally in Surrey, England. He was awarded the Cartier Diamond Dagger by the Crime Writers’ Association in 1992, in recognition of a lifetime of achievement. He died the following year.

To find out more about Leslie Charteris and his work, visit www.lesliecharteris.com.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Magnussen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
These are stories from the early days of the Saint.

But unfortunately, there are several different editions, containing different stories; and even more unfortunately, Amazon munges reviews for many of the editions together. So I must make some tedious distinctions, and ask your indulgence.

THE STANDARD EDITION

has three stories:

"The Story of a Dead Man" finds Simon turning businessman for very unorthodox reasons.

"The Impossible Crime" is, among other things, the author's offering in that favourite genre of detective fiction, the Locked Room Murder Mystery.

In "The National Debt", in the identity of Professor Rameses Smith-Smyth-Smythe (!), Simon takes on some 20th century pirates operating from an inn in South Wales. For those interested in such trivia, this story features the first appearance of Basher Tope, later to materialise in The Holy Terror and finally in Once More the Saint.

4 stars.

THE 1945 JACOBS EDITION

appears to comprise two stories only, both normally being found in Featuring the Saint, but missing the latter's "The Man Who Could Not Die".

The edition, then, is neither fish nor fowl, and bad value besides.

3 stars for the stories.
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The first thing to keep in mind about this series is that Charteris began writing about the Saint in the late 1920's. This was long before political correctness, a time when women voting was considered a new and radical idea. It was a 'man's world', and a man's worth was measured by the amount of liquor he could consume, how hard of a punch he could throw or take and of course, by the number of cigarettes he puffed each day. Judging this series, particularly the earlier books but today's standards will only lead to dissatisfaction. It is also well to recall that these earlier stories don't have much in common with the Saint of the 1960's TV show. In these early adventures our hero was a much darker character, one who did not hesitate to lie, or even to kill to achieve his goals, and those goals were often less than altruistic.

This volume contains three of the Saint's early adventures (circa 1930).

The Story of a Dead Man - relating Simon's adventures rescuing a young woman who has become involved with a shady business.

The Impossible Crime - Simon joins forces with Inspector Teal to solve a locked room murder.

The National Debt - Simon goes undercover as Ramses Smith-Smyth-Smythe to foil a daring plot and save a damsel in distress.

These stories a fun adventures, ones that will transport a willing reader back to a time when a high speed trip across the country entailed traveling over 30 miles an hour. Fans of the series might recognize some of these stories as two were adapted into episodes of the Roger Moore series.
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This book contains two stories; "The National Debt": The adventure of Professor Rameses Smith (alias the Saint) at Beacon Inn, South Wales. "The Man Who Could Not Die": Miles Hallin was reputed as an immortal man, but the Saint smelled a rat.
If it is your first Saint book, I recommend you to read the latter story first. The former story is enjoyable, but you will not see what the Saint is; you might misunderstand him as a private detective or so. The latter story is more "Saintly"; the Saint smells out the evil and tries to get rid of it - illegally. Both stories are enjoyable, but their plots are crude. As always in the Saint novels?
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The Saint series isn't for everybody.. You have to get used to Charteris' use of language and the time period during which the books occurred. That said, I have enjoyed all the titles I have read so far; however, I read a lot and go through mystery story material rapidly. I just signed up for Amazons' new $9.99 monthly deal and downloaded a bunch of Saint titles, so this month's fee has already paid for itself. Soooo, if you are always looking for new reads, are all caught up on new releases by authors you fancy, I suggest you give the Saint series a try.
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By Simon Templar on November 13, 2014
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I always enjoy Leslie Charteris' writing, so even though Alias the Saint may not have risen to the standards of earlier stories I still enjoyed them very much. The central role played by the character of Claude Eustace Teal was most welcome as Charteris provides a warm and often funny portrait of the slumbering Scotland Yard policeman. I'm looking forward to reading my next Saint adventure.
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By liz on June 7, 2014
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What a very pleasant surprise to read an old favorite character. The story line is swift and attention holding. looking forward to another story soon.....
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More About the Author

Leslie Charteris was born in Singapore on May 12th, 1907. With his mother and brother, he moved to England in 1919 and attended Rossall School in Lancashire before moving on to Cambridge University to study law. His studies there came to a halt when a publisher accepted his first novel. His third book, entitled Meet the Tiger!, was written when he was twenty years old and published in September 1928. It introduced the world to Simon Templar, aka the Saint.

He continued to write about the Saint until 1983 when the last book, Salvage for the Saint, was published. The books, which have been translated into over thirty languages, number nearly a hundred and have sold over 40 million copies around the world. They've inspired, to date, fifteen feature films, three TV series, ten radio series, and a comic strip that was written by Charteris and syndicated around the world for over a decade. He enjoyed travelling but settled for long periods in Hollywood, Florida, and finally in Surrey, England. He was awarded the Cartier Diamond Dagger by the Crime Writers' Association in 1992, in recognition of a lifetime of achievement. He died the following year.

To find out more about Leslie Charteris and his work, visit www.lesliecharteris.com.

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