- Publisher: Ace Books (June 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441861059
- ISBN-13: 978-0441861057
- Package Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,375,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vendetta for the Saint Paperback – June, 1979
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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 twentieth-century's most prolific and popular authors.
John Telfer is best known for playing the character of Willy Pettit in five seasons of "Bergerac". He has appeared many times in various television dramas, while his parallel theatrical career has involved him in leading roles at the Bristol Old Vic, the Royal National Theatre, the Old Vic in London, and many regional theaters. He has made hundreds of radio broadcasts, and he plays the part of Alan, the vicar, in "The Archers".--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
The action never stops with the Saint following the desperate paths laid before him. One simple curious question leads him smack dab in the midst of the Mafia in Italy. The Mafia is not known for their creativity. Once Simon is caught in their collective aim, there is going to be hell to pay, with the hunters becoming the hunted, and Simon Templar giving the last word. This is one book where everything leads to another with Saint in all his Holy glory. Major Kudos for Vendetta, the return of the novel, and, of course Simon Templar, the Saint.
How much each contributed to the total product now seems to be a matter of some dispute. What I can say is that even with hindsight, the whole thing seems to me to be absolutely seamless. And furthermore, I would never have known it was not entirely by Charteris had I not been told*; there are all sorts of authentic little touches.
So I have no hesitation in recommending this even though it may not be totally "pure". It's unusual also (for this late period) in being a single novel, the last one being The Saint Sees it Through nearly twenty years previously.
In a restaurant in Naples, Simon happens to witness one Al Destamio being accosted by an old friend who knew him years before, and who unwittingly addresses him by a different name — not realising that Signor Destamio now wishes very much to keep this previous identity concealed.
This turns out to be very inconvenient for all concerned (to put it no higher), and leads the Saint into a major confrontation with the Mafia.
*Well, there are a couple of rather clumsy split infinitives, and the occasional American turn of phrase that Charteris seems never to have adopted. On the other hand, there are references to events in The Saint in Europe, and even to the very early days when the Saint drove a Hirondel.
P.S. For a list of — and discussion of — all Charteris's Saint books, see my So You'd Like To... Guide.