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The Saint: A Complete History in Print, Radio, Film and Television of Leslie Charteris' Robin Hood of Modern Crime, Simon Templar, 1928-1992 Paperback – May 30, 2003

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"Beautifully produced illustrated volume...a likeable and very respectful work." -- Interzone

"Detailed and lively...a good reference." -- ARBA

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Burl Barer is currently a resident of Seattle, Washington. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 431 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company; New edition edition (May 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786416807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786416806
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Burl Barer

Professional Biography

Burl Barer is a Edgar Award winning author and two-time Anthony Award nominee with extensive media, advertising, marketing, and public relations experience.
Garnering accolades for his creative contributions to radio, television, and print media, Barer's career has been highlighted in The Hollywood Reporter, London Sunday Telegraph, New York Times, USA Today, Variety, Broadcasting, Electronic Media,and ABC's Good Morning America.

Barer is a frequent commentator on numerous television programs seen world wide, including "Deadly Sins," "Deadly Women," "Motives and Murders" "Snapped" "Scorned," "Behind Mansion Walls" and Hart Fisher's AMERICAN HORRORS channel via Filmon.TV

Burl Barer hosts the award winning Internet radio show, TRUE CRIME UNCENSORED with co-host, show business legend Howard Lapides, on Outlawradiousa.com, and TRUE CRIME CLASSICS with famed attorney Don Woldman.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 1996
Format: Hardcover
Burl Barer's book on the history of The Saint is "the source" for Saint fans yearning for more information about The Saint.
It is a must-have for Saint fans, and makes for an excellent read, even for those detectivish fans who don't really know much about Simon Templar or Leslie Charteris to start with...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 1996
Format: Hardcover
Even if you aren't a fan of the Saint, you should still buy this book. It's a remarkable, inside account of how a character is translated into books, comics, radio, tv and film. A must-have for anyone thinking of breaking into publishing, tv or film
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 1996
Format: Hardcover
Burl Barer's examination of Leslie charteris' THE SAINT in books, TV, comics and film, more than deserved the Edgar Award it was given by the Mystery Writers of America. If you are a fan of Simon Templar, you have to buy this book
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew S. Rogers VINE VOICE on September 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
As other reviewers have said, this is a remarkable work. Burl Barer has covered a tremendous amount of ground organizing and sifting all the various appearances of the Robin Hood of Modern Crime "in print, radio, film, and television" between the publication of The Saint Meets the Tiger in 1928 and this book's own publication in 1993. Merely sorting out all the different titles under which creator Leslie Charteris' Saint novels were published would be achievement enough, but Barer also gives us a chronology of all printed Saint stories, cast and story synopses of Saintly radio and television dramas, and even -- thorough to the point of ridiculousness -- verbatim production company press releases for six made-for-TV Saint movies in the late 1980s.

But this book is far more than bibliography, impressive thought the bibliography is. What I found far more interesting was Barer's portrait of Charteris himself, and what struck me as his somewhat ambiguous relationship with his creation Simon Templar. On the one hand, he was a spirited defender of Templar's biography, personality, and distinguishing characteristics, keeping a close eye on the way the Saint was portrayed in all his various media incarnations over many decades. As a writer myself, I particularly enjoyed reading his comments to various scriptwriters about the poor job they were doing on plot or characterization.

At the same time, however, Charteris was more than willing to let those other writers do the heavy-lifting of producing new Saint stories for his approval and to be published under his name.
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