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154 books of Charteris, Leslie

Collection of short stories:­The Brain WorkersThe Export TradeThe Bad BaronThe Brass BuddhaThe Perfect CrimeThe Unpopular LandlordThe New SwindleThe Five Thousand Pound KissThe Blind SpotThe Unusual Ending

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The first Saint book is also the best. In a remote coastal village in England, Templar tracks a ruthless smuggler, and meets his future wife. It's one of those cases in which the villain must be one of a limited and unlikely group of suspects, and the solution is nicely handled.

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The Saint...­viril, quick witted, with a bantering sense of humor, extraordinary good looks...­Simon Templar...­the Robin Hood of Mordern crime, at war with Scotland Yard and the underworld...­Both swore vengence upon him.­"The Man Who was Clever""The Policeman with Wings""The Lawless Lady"(Some editions contain only two stories, in different combinations

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On the eve of World War II the Saint finds himself in the Imperial city of Vienna, his attentions divided between a very sensuous countess and some legendary diamonds -- both of which he is trying to keep out of Nazi hands. Since the days of the Holy Roman Empire, the Hapsburg Necklace has been guarded by the Austrian Nobility. But never before has it had so lovely a protector as Francesca, the Countess of Malffy. And never has it been so endangered. As the Saint and the Countess plot to save the necklace, they discover an adversary every bit as unpredictable and dedicated as Simon Templar. But is he as clever -- or as deadly

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Professor Smith-­Smyth-­Smythe of Timbuctoo was a firm believer in the cheerful hospitality of the English countryside, until he registered at the Beacon Inn, where he was drugged and otherwise treated with deliberate disdain. Of course, the fact that he was Simon Templar, The Saint, might have had some effect on the temperature of his welcome. "Story of a Dead Man" "The Impossible Crime" "The National Debt" (Some editions contain "The National Debt" and "The Man Who Could Not Die" from the previous book)

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n which the Saint finds that capital punishment is a fine cure for blackmail - and what leads to that discovery is just enough to whet his appetite for adventure on his devilish tour of the U.­S.­A. From Florida's gold coast to San Francisco's wharf, the home of the brave and the free finds some of its residents a bit more brave and some quite a lot less free by the time Mr. Simon Templar's sated.­An anthology collecting six of Charteris' Saint stories:­The Ever-­loving SpouseThe Fruitful LandThe Percentage PlayerThe Water MerchantThe Gentle LadiesThe Element of Doubt

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The Black Market - When a shipment of iridium needed for the production of Allied weapons and equipment is hijacked and put on the black market, Templar hatches a scheme to recover the goods, supported by his shady US intelligence contacts and much to the chagrin of NYPD Inspector Fernack. But when one of his prime leads is murdered, Templar finds himself framed for the crime. The Sizzling Saboteur - The Saint travels to Galveston, Texas in pursuit of a man who has been sabotaging weapons factories, but when his quarry turns up burned to crisp, he has to contend with both the local police, a trio of mysterious men behind the sabotage, and a beautiful Russian. The story includes an element of metafiction as the name Leslie Charteris is mentioned within the story.

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The Saint, who sometimes travels under the name of Simon Templar, collides with the weirdest group of sinister characters he's ever met, including a mysterious European psychiatrist, a monstrous glandular fread, and a peculiar lady poet. Something sinister linked them all together, and the Saint had to find out what it was. The Key might be the suave shrink. Then again, it might be Avalon Dexter, the sexy singer with the sincere smile....­and a gift for getting Simon Templar tangles up in the murderous riddle.

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Leslie Charteris. Trust the Saint. London: Hodder and Stoughton, [1962]. First edition, first printing. Twelvemo. 188 pages. Publisher's binding and dust jacket.­Six stories featuring Simon Templar

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Templar makes the acquaintance of his archvillain, destroys a dangerous death ray, and thereby saves the world from catastrophe and a second Great War. Written in 1930.

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