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    Leslie Charteris
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    Magna Large Print Books; Large Print Ed edition (November 1978)
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Fiction publishing company, new york. Published by arrangement with Doubleday and Company, Inc. Printed in .

Fiction publishing company, new york. I couldn't, even if I wanted to, pretend that this novel came of my typewriter yesterday. I am notoriously not a writer of historical stories, except those which have acquired that aura simply by being around so long; and the date of this one is implicit from the first pages of the first chapter.

The Saint in New York is a mystery novel by Leslie Charteris, first published in the United Kingdom by Hodder and Stoughton in 1935. It was published in the United States by Doubleday in January 1935. A shorter version of the novel had previously been published in the September 1934 issue of The American Magazine. The Saint in New York was the 15th book chronicling the adventures of Simon Templar (alias The Saint), an anti-hero character patterned after Robin Hood.

The Saint had never been given to glorifying himself into any kind of knightly hero; in the end he was a mercenary himself, hired by Valcross to do an outlaw’s work, but if he had had any doubts of the justice of his cause, they would have been swept away that night

The Saint had never been given to glorifying himself into any kind of knightly hero; in the end he was a mercenary himself, hired by Valcross to do an outlaw’s work, but if he had had any doubts of the justice of his cause, they would have been swept away that night. Whether he acknowledged it or not, whether they knew it or not, he was the champion of seven million, facing sentence in that hushed room for a thing that perhaps none of the seven million could have put into words, and it had never seemed more vital that he should come out alive to carry the battle on.

Leslie Charteris (born Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin, 12 May 1907 . "Leslie Charteris Dies; Mystery Writer Was 8. The New York Times 18 April 1993.

Leslie Charteris (born Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin, 12 May 1907 – 15 April 1993), was a British-Chinese author of adventure fiction, as well as a screenwriter. He was best known for his many books chronicling the adventures of the charming antihero Simon Templar, alias "The Saint. Charteris himself stepped away from writing the books after The Saint in the Sun (1963).

The characters are drawn with great verve, especially Inspector John Fernack, the various members of the gangland hierarchy, and the mysterious Fay Edwards, who falls in love with Simon at the same time as she is helping him to kill just about everyone she knows. Above all, Charteris shows himself once again a first-rate story-teller. Gripping from start to finish.

As she closed the door behind her she began to whistle-which even to the most kindly and broad-minded eye would have seemed still odder.

But there was no such inquiring and impressionable eye to perform these acrobatics.

15 The Saint in New York. Author: Leslie Charteris.

The Saint takes on numerous gangsters in New York City & dispatches them with a smooth mixture of gunplay . This is the book that put Leslie Charteris on the map and made best-sellers of all the previous Saint books in retrospect.

The Saint takes on numerous gangsters in New York City & dispatches them with a smooth mixture of gunplay In a few weeks time my family & I will be on holiday in New York, so what better way to get in the mood than by reading one of my favourite novels featuring the famous Simon Templar. This may be the fourth (or fifth ?) time I've read this book & it's as enjoyable as ever. Police Commissioner, New York City. Dear Sir: We have to inform you that there are reasons to believe that SIMON TEMPLAR, known as "The Saint," is at present in the United States

Fiction publishing company, new york. Dear Sir: We have to inform you that there are reasons to believe that SIMON TEMPLAR, known as "The Saint," is at present in the United States.

Simon Templar, the Saint, is brought to New York

Simon Templar, the Saint, is brought to New York. This was the very first outing for Leslie Charteris' character and Louis Hayward was the perfect choice; he captured the Saint's outward charm and sophistication, the lethal and ruthless killer within and the genuine seeker after justice and decency. He was replaced by George Sanders for most of the rest of the films and Hugh Sinclair for the last 2. Neither were a patch on Hayward.

This is probably the best of the full-length Saint stories. We are dropped into the 1930's New York underworld of Tamanay Hall, corrupt politicians Honest Bob Orcread and Sammy Yeald, crooked Judge Nather, and the mysterious femme fatale Faye, mouthpiece for the shadowy Big Fellow. Our hero Simon Templar (aka "the Saint") is up against New York's worst for a million dollars, employed in a private vendetta to clean up the city. Along the way we meet the hardened gangster who weeps as he passes death sentences, an excitable taxi driver who ends up as a getaway driver for the Saint, the bartender Antonio with eyes as gentle as a deer, the Rotarian who sees Life at the gambling tables of the ungodly, the Greek villain with eyes "nestled affectionately close to one another" : brilliant! Our tale begins with a bang, and the bangs keep coming at a fine pace: and climaxes with an unexpected ending that sees everyone dealt to appropriately, all ends tied up: this is not sophisticated stuff, but it's well delivered. I love it! :
This one of the earlier Saint adventures, one that had originally appeared as two separate magazine stories were then combined by Charteris into this adventure. Years later this adventure was further adapted into a movie version as well.

Simon and Patricia have left England to tour the continent, more to allow the British police to calm down from Simon's recent activities than to pursue any further adventures. Still Simon, being Simon, could not possibly let an opportunity pass by so when a former adversary appeared in the neighborhood, as well as crown jewels worth a fortune Simon was determined to separate the two. Aiding Simon and Patricia in this adventure was an old friend, Monty who was quite new to this adventuring life. The question was though would Monty really live to tell the tale?

As is the norm with these stories there is never really any question as to whether or not Simon will be successful and of course he will survive without suffering any permanent harm. There will be one improbable coincidence after another, coupled with amazing strokes of luck which will allow our hero to always escape with mere seconds to spare. It is up to the reader to suspend all doubts and simply enjoy the story. Additionally the reader must keep in mind that these early stories were written more than 80 years ago, the high speed car chases involved speeds we all travel every day, the police could be easily eluded and rarely communicated with their counterparts even a few miles away.

So pull up an easy chair, open this novel and join Simon and Patricia as they tear through Europe on this madcap adventure.
Anyone expecting to read adventures similar to those Roger Moore had in the 1960's TV series will be in for a surprise. Instead of a loner jet setting about the world in the Swinging Sixties this novel was originally published in 1930. There were no sleek jet planes nor speedy little sports cars, instead this was a time of open cockpit air planes, and cars that required amazing displays of skill and daring to push beyond 50 mph. And far from being a loner this Saint is the leader of a band of fellow saints, all bent on administering their own brand of justice. This Simon Templar is not the love 'em and leave 'em playboy depicted by Moore but is instead a one woman man who shares his adventures, if not his home, with Patricia Holm, an equal member of his band.

Fans of the series will enjoy reading about the beginnings of this iconic hero, even if some of the facts we have come to accept are challenged. The story told here is exciting, although tinged with more sadness than is the norm in the later ones.
I started reading the Saint during one of its many reprints and read most of the stories I was reluctant to reread them because so many early favorites haven't held up well on reread. This one does, as long as you understand that inflation has added up over the past 85 odd years and gay had a very different meaning when these stories were written
I first encountered the Saint as a teenager (I was the teenager, not Simon) and it is heartening to be reminded that even then I had good taste in pulp fiction. The Saint books are both the epitome of pulp thrillers and the acme. Swashbuckling, swaggering daredevilry, laced with more than a dash of melodrama, the right sprinkling of romance (both in the love sense and the drama sense) and a surprising level of wit and corny humour. And none of this would work were it not for the writer's sheer skill and wizardry. Great stuff.
So glad to see you republish this old series from my childhood days (radio). I expected the language to be dated (and it is), but that's ok. I love reading these stories, the plotting is typical and the characters fun even if 1920-30s. I expect this will change as I read further releases. The release of this series should be followed by The Shadow. Maybe younger readers will find these old stories too milquetoast (sp?) by today's violent standards, but graphic violence and four-letter f-words don't a good story make. The ability of the author to put reader in the scene is what's important. No one was better, for example, than Rex Stout in his Nero Wolfe stories. Leslie Charteris makes me visualize also. Thanks for some new (old) reads.
This was my first opportunity to read The Saint, however I've been a fan of The Saint thru the old T.V. series and movies. I'm really looking forward to reading more of the original stories. I also enjoyed the beginning and ending history of Leslie Charteris, sort of a mini biography of the original author of The Saint. I'm very tempted to join the Saint club and may get around to doing that. I have one thing in common with Mr. Charteris, my self proclaimed laziness! I will be looking forward to reading other Saint books. I'm sure the author would be pleased to know that the Saint lives on more than 30 years after his death. A fun read for everyone!