Catch the Saint

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Catch the Saint
LeslieCharteris CatchTheSaint.jpg
First edition cover
Author Fleming Lee, based upon stories by Norman Worker, and characters by Leslie Charteris
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series The Saint
Genre Mystery, Novellas
Publisher The Crime Club
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN 0-385-09936-3
OCLC 1339003
LC Class PZ4.L4774 Cat PS3562.E35
Preceded by The Saint and the People Importers
Followed by The Saint and the Hapsburg Necklace

Catch the Saint is a collection of two mystery novellas by Fleming Lee, based upon stories by Norman Worker continuing the adventures of the sleuth Simon Templar aka "The Saint", created by Leslie Charteris. Following usual practice at this point in the series, the front cover credits Charteris, although Lee and Worker receive interior title page credit; Charteris served in an editorial capacity. Some editions misspell the author's name "Flemming Lee."[citation needed]

This book was first published in the United Kingdom in 1975 by Hodder & Stoughton, followed by an American edition by The Crime Club.[citation needed]

Charteris, in his foreword to this volume, defines Catch the Saint as an experiment in trying to return Simon Templar to his roots in 1930s mystery fiction. While recent Saint novellas and novels published since 1968 had taken place in contemporary times and had been either adaptations of teleplays from the 1962–69 TV series, The Saint, or based upon storylines from the Saint comic strip, the two stories in Catch the Saint were original works said to take place prior to the Second World War. This makes Catch the Saint the first original (non-adapted) Saint stories to be published since 1964's Vendetta for the Saint.[citation needed]

These were the last Simon Templar novellas to be written by Fleming Lee.[citation needed]


The book consisted of the following stories:

  1. The Masterpiece Merchant
  2. The Adoring Socialite