Capture the Saint
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Limited collector's edition
|Author||Burl Barer, based on characters by Leslie Charteris|
|Publisher||The Saint Club|
|Media type||Print (trade paperback)|
|Preceded by||The Saint (film novelization)|
|Followed by||final book of series to date|
Not counting a novelization of the 1997 film, The Saint, also written by Barer, this was the first original Simon Templar book published since 1983. It was issued by The Saint Club, a worldwide fan club for the series which Charteris himself had established in 1936.
Capture the Saint was the 52nd Saint book published since 1928 and currently remains the final literary adventure of Simon Templar. According to the website The Saintly Bible, Ian Dickerson, who wrote the authorized biography of Leslie Charteris, was at one point working on a new Saint novel based upon a story idea by the late author. Son of the Saint would feature the return of Templar's longtime girlfriend Patricia Holm and feature their son. To date the book remains unpublished.
As of 2015, Capture the Saint is out of print, though an e-book version is available.
Simon Templar finds himself up to his halo in murder, mayhem, and intrigue in this clever adventure set in Seattle, Washington. It is, in some ways, a sequel to The Saint in New York, as the little girl whom he rescued in that story reappears here as an adult enlisting his aid to stop a predatory pedophile preying on Seattle's homeless street kids. He is also approached to find the Treasure of Dolores Costello—a treasure about which the Saint is already well informed. Without giving away too many surprises, suffice it to say that The Saint is back full throttle with old friends making surprise appearances.
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- The Saint Club webpage on Capture the Saint, including an excerpt.
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