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On the side of the law, but standing outside it, he dispenses his own brand of justice one criminal at a time. In Paris, a dying man claims his brother can make gold... a secret that men are prepared to kill for.
In London, a small-time American criminal sets up a violent gang, only to learn that there are certain things the Saint will not put up with. And in the Scilly Isles, drug-smuggling, drugged beer, and a damsel in distress combine to make for a most unusual holiday for Simon Templar.
In these three stories, the Saint needs all his wits to survive - and to stay out of jail.
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 20th century's most prolific and popular authors.
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By Chiefkent on 12-22-14
Not Politically Correct Snapshots in Time!
As I've written previously, Leslie Charteris' Saint series is a picture in time of 1930's England much as Dashiell Hammett & Raymond Chandler provide snapshots in time for the same period in American San Fransisco and Los Angles - warts and all. The prejudices of the time with the bigotry and racial attitudes of the day are rampant throughout the books. The "N" word is used in ways that may surprise many American readers to reflect attitudes of the Britons of the day at all levels of society.
Where Dashiell Hammett and his characters are terse and taciturn, Leslie Charteris is loquacious, but Simon Templar is one of the most loquacious and relaxed characters in the genre history! Reading these books one can see the development of the genre as we know it today.
Mr. Tefler delivers all characterizations with flair and verve.
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