There was a time when any man who received a note like I sent to Irboll, with that signature, knew there was nothing more he could do. If I had one complaint, it would be that Charteris seemed to pad the story a bit much with repetitive situations and passages. In particular, Templar has to contend with a few too many alike villains on his way to the top kingpin. Also, we are reminded quite often that the handsome Simon Templar has sparkling blue eyes. Still, these small gripes aside, this novel is a lot of fun.
The Saint in New York is highly recommended. Edward A. Read all of Edward A.
Grainger's posts for Criminal Element. My introduction the the charming Mr. The rougher edged hero and the smooth, urbane gentleman both work for me. Almost all the printed adventures have been reprinted by Thomas and Mercer in the US and will be coming out as audio books starting next month as well. I can finally get hold of the ones I could never track down in used bookstores!
Very happy about that. Your email address will not be published. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Armed with a list of names from the lowest rung to the "Big Fellow" himself, he is as quick with a quip as he is often brutal when dispatching the goons. There is also a side case of extortion and kidnapping wrapped up in the plot, cleanly revealed along the way. That isn't to say it is all smooth sailing, the outbursts of violence and tension are often surprising, moving the tone from witty to deadly serious in a sentence.
At one point, the Saint is captured and driven miles out into the New Jersey night to be killed without any sign of escape of reprieve. Knowing it's just a novel, I puzzle, how on earth is he going to get out of this one?
And then, a truly surprising twist! This was my first Saint novel, and my idea of him from the movies starring George Sanders was that of a gentleman, with an eye for the ladies and a clever comment. That he is, but at the heart of it, the Saint is in the end a mercenary, hired to do outlaw's work. It was a bestseller and established Charteris as a celebrity in the US. Still exciting and complex to read today, it is an enduring classic of crime detection. Very enjoyable! Aug 31, Paul Magnussen rated it it was amazing. This is the book that put Leslie Charteris on the map and made best-sellers of all the previous Saint books in retrospect.
Set shortly after the repeal of Prohibition, this tale of revenge is one of the grimmest, and the certainly the most violent, of all the Saint stories, so that when it was filmed, it was considerably toned down and all hint of corruption in the New York judiciary removed, of course.
(Simon Templar 'The Saint' #15). by This may be the fourth (or fifth?) time I've read this book & it's as enjoyable as ever. .. In The Saint in New York, Simon Templar is taken for a ride by mobsters, and it takes about a chapter to reach that . The Saint in New York and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon .. The novel is a relentless and (at times) brutal account of Simon Templar's.
Nevertheless, most Saint fans, including myself, seem to regard it as one of the best. To tak This is the book that put Leslie Charteris on the map and made best-sellers of all the previous Saint books in retrospect. Charteris knew New York well, along with its denizens and their culture and language. 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.
Jun 01, Tad Richards rated it liked it. In The Three Musketeers, Milady is held prisoner by an incorruptible guard. You know she's going to corrupt him, and although it takes her about six chapters to do it, you relish every word, every web of deceit she spins. In The Saint in New York, Simon Templar is taken for a ride by mobsters, and it takes about a chapter to reach that particular climax, and you find yourself skimming pages, waiting for him to turn the tables. You do want to know how he's going to pull it off, but you'd rather t In The Three Musketeers, Milady is held prisoner by an incorruptible guard.
You do want to know how he's going to pull it off, but you'd rather that Leslie Charteris cut to the end of the chase. That's the difference between a great storyteller and a good one. But Charteris is a good one, and the Saint is a good character, and the florid overwriting of the pre-Hammett, pre-Leonard detective novelist has a charm of its own, and I very much enjoyed this book. Of the crime novelists of that era, I'd still give the nod to Earl Derr Biggers, who is way underrated, and Charlie Chan.
Interestingly enough, Derr Biggers was a Caucasian writing about a Chinese protagonist, and Charteris was half-Chinese writing about a Caucasian protagonist. Which says something about cultural appropriation, but I'm not sure what. A really well written and fast paced Saint book. Everything happened in three days.
I also like that in this Saint series, at the end of each book is a section called "About the Author". It gave a very good history of Leslie Charteris and how the Saint series came about and how it progressed into different medias and ultimately became an industry of its own. May 05, Karen rated it liked it. The Saint is a pretty durable character, in every sense of the phrase.
This book feels like a slice of history where organized crime in New York City controls the city and most of the government. Oh, wait Maybe not so 'historical' after all. Aug 10, Wendy rated it liked it Shelves: thriller. Surprisingly violent for a book of this era. Nonetheless I enjoy the Saint character and would read another book in this series.
I read quite a few of the Saint books when I was a teenager. I found this one in a used bookstore a while back and decided to read it. Certainly, my tastes have changed since my teenage years and I don't plan to read any more of this series. These books were written in the thirties and I remember many of the very old fashion things that were still around when I read them originally but have long since gone away. They may have been the attraction of this book this time around. Thinking about but I read quite a few of the Saint books when I was a teenager. Thinking about but not necessarily wanting to go back to the old days.
Jan 10, Steve Goble rated it liked it Shelves: mysteries-and-espionage , adventure. The Saint is the nom de guerre is Simon Templar, a lone wolf adventurer who works whicher side of the law seems best at any particular moment, depending upon whatever aims he is pursuing. The Saint has all the requisite skills of a cat burglar, a super spy, a detective, a seducer. He was Bond before there was a Bond. He wisecracks even when the bad guys pummel him, goes boldly forth without a real plan while counting on his improvisational genius and overworked good luck to get hm out of jams.
He is portrayed as pretty much perfect, and Charteris tosses realism aside to just let the Saint be the Saint. Even Templar himself seems bemused at how easily he overcomes The Ungodly, his term for those he seeks to defeat. He has a list of names, a willingness to rub these men out and a chance to earn a million bucks doing it. He launches into the affair with his typical devil-may-care attitude, with barely a plan but a truckload of confidence, and goes forth to do battle. This book, one of the few featuring a full novel rather than a collection of shorts or novellas, actually has Simon fall afoul of his own recklessness.
Our hero gets bloodied, and nearly loses his life, but, of course, he prevails in the end. These books are rather dated today, but frankly, that is part of their charm. Sure, the gangster dialect is corny and even difficult to read at times. Sure, the Saint and his creator love to show off their vocabularies. And yet … sometimes this kind of escapism is exactly what I need. Justice is served, by a guy who goes against the odds and bests them, taking down the Ungodly and having fun doing it. So I recommend this series to people who like an old-school mystery-thriller that probably never would be published today, but which ruled the bookstands back in the day.
Pick up a book, forget politics and work and chores for a while, and let the Saint show you how the Ungodly should be confronted. The novella-length stories in Enter the Saint are better than this novel, which tends to ramble a bit in places. Or maybe stream of consciousness was popular in all genres of this time? Apr 11, David Cranmer rated it really liked it. He dresses as a nun to elude the police and kidnaps a detective to convince him they are working toward the same goal. Templar brazenly sends his famous haloed stick figure logo to announce his arrival to the opposition. His employer Valcross asks him why he would do this, making his job even harder.
Some of us live for it—worked for it—fought for it. One of us died for it….
There was a time when any man who received a note like I sent to Irboll, with that signature, knew there was nothing more he could do. In particular, Templar has to contend with a few too many alike villains on his way to the top kingpin.
Also, we are reminded quite often that the handsome Simon Templar has sparkling blue eyes. Still, these small gripes aside, this novel is a lot of fun. The Saint in New York is highly recommended. Thoroughly Entertaining Saint Story. Set in the days just after prohibition as criminal gangs look to switch their activities from bootlegging to kidnapping, 'The Saint in New York' puts Simon Templar up against New York's worst.
The Saint books always offer breezy wit and charm - this is no exception.