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Paperback The Saint Vs. Scotland Yard Book

ISBN: 0441749070

ISBN13: 9780441749072

The Saint Vs. Scotland Yard

(Part of the The Saint (#8) Series and Le Saint (#7) Series)

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Three more classic tales in which the Saint finally pays his tax bill...only to discover that the taxman has a rather unhealthy hobby for some. Then a good deed leads the Saint to discover a plot to... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Saint Saga #08

"The Holy Terror" (aka "The Saint vs. Scotland Yard) is one my favourites of the books of (usually three) Saint "novelettes", the other being The Misfortunes of Mr. Teal. In "The Inland Revenue", Simon has to deal with equally implacable adversaries: a blackmailer known only as the Scorpion, and His Majesty's Inspector of Taxes ("Not that there's a great deal of difference. The same threatening letters, the same merciless bleeding of the honest toiler..."). "The Million Pound Day" - which would have been around 1931, of course - would cost at least a hundred million now, a sum certainly enough to prompt the associated shenanigans, in which the Saint rescues a man from torture and finds himself involved in a plot to swindle the Bank of Italy. And "The Melancholy Journey of Mr. Teal" finds the Saint for once unable to talk his way out of trouble, and on the brink of being arrested - leading gracefully into the next book, one of the best of all Saint adventures, a romp through a Germany that was not yet quite Hitler's. Incidentally, those who have been clubbed to the ground by O-Level French (or whatever the equivalent is nowadays) may doubt that anyone - in addition to being able to box, throw knives and play the banjo - could really speak as many languages as the Saint does. But there are such people: Sir Richard Burton (the explorer, not the actor) apparently absorbed languages like blotting paper, being able to pass the brutal Civil Service translators' exams after six months. Charteris himself was a polyglot, later writing a textbook on Spanish (which I would love to get hold of). Pico della Mirandola (1463-1494) reportedly spoke eighteen languages; but as to whether he could play the banjo, we are not informed. P.S. For a list of -- and discussion of -- all Charteris's Saint books, see my So You'd Like To... Guide

Saint vs Ferocious Villains, Saint vs Mr. Teal

This book contains three stories; "The Inland Revenue", "The Million Pound Day" and "The Melancholy Journey of Mr. Teal". They are typical Saint stories; the Saint fights a life-and-death fight with a ferocious villain on one hand, and tweaks the nose of poor Inspector Teal on the other hand. The feud between the Saint and Teal reaches to the bitterest. In later books such as "The Saint and Mr. Teal" or "The Saint Intervenes", their relationship gets milder."The Inland Revenue" and "The Melancholy Journey of Mr. Teal" are not so good as I expected. I know the Saint is never an infallible man, but he is too careless and makes too many mistakes in these stories. But "The Million Pound Day" is SUPERB! I really LOVE it. Very thrilling, fast-paced, action-packed and few dull parts. One of the best Saint stories. 5 stars for this one.

Major installment in the Templar-Teal feud.

For anyone who wanted to know how the feud between the Saint and Mr. Teal became so bitter, or whether the Saint ever married Patricia Holm...This is an early Saint book, when he was more obviously swashbuckling than in some later works, and one of the first Saint short story collections. His opponents here (other than Claud Eustace) are the Scorpion (in "The Inland Revenue"), Kuzela (in "The Million Pound Day"), and Gunner Perrigo (in "The Melancholy Journey of Mr. Teal.").If possible, should be read before Getaway, which picks up where the last of the stories in this book leaves off.
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