When she learns her rescuer is The Saint, she enlists his help in tracking down a group of modern-day pirates. These pirates, led by Kurt Vogel, are using newly developed bathyscape technology to reach the sea floor and scour recent shipwrecks for gold and other booty before officially sanctioned salvage operations arrive. And Vogel is not against committing cold-blooded murder to keep his operation going. Hampered by Loretta's detective firm superior, who harbors a deep distrust of Templar, as well as Simon's growing love for Loretta, The Saint sets out to stop Vogel's operation.
In the process he reunites with some of his colleagues from previous adventures Roger Conway and Peter Quentin. Orace, Templar's longtime manservant, makes his first major appearance since the very first Saint novel, Meet - The Tiger!. And it is Orace who complicates Templar's mission when he accidentally kills one of Vogel's men, which leads to Vogel forcing Templar on pain of Loretta's possible death to take the dead man's place on a salvage operation in the Channel Islands. Today, Saint Overboard seems one of the most dated of all the Saint stories.
It relies heavily for plot and atmosphere on a form of technology which has undergone great development in the past sixty years - diving equipment. In the late thirties, diving suits were cumbersome and expensive; neither the aqualung nor the wetsuit had been invented, and the diver relied on massive metal helmets connected to the surface by an all important air hose which could easily become entangled or cut. Diving was not, as it is today, something which could be undertaken as a leisure activity by any reasonably fit person after a short course of training; it was the province of specialists.
Saint Overboard is probably the earliest mainstream thriller to use what was to become a fairly commonplace plot: a conflict between legitimate and criminal attempts to salvage treasure from a wreck, in this case from the strongroom of the Chalfont Castle, on the seabed near Guernsey. Simon Templar becomes involved when he rescues a pretty girl, an investigator for maritime insurers Ingerbecks. There is a strong romantic element in the novel, as indeed there was in the previous one in the series The Saint In New York ; no mention is made of Simon's long time companion Patricia Holm.
In The Saint in New York, romance plays an important part in the plot, but here it is more of an encumbrance, and it is not the sort of writing which suited Charteris. A fun if somewhat predictable thriller. Sort by. Top-rated Most recent Top-rated. Filter by. All reviewers Verified purchase only All reviewers All stars 5 star only 4 star only 3 star only 2 star only 1 star only All positive All critical All stars All formats Format: Paperback All formats Text, image, video Image and video reviews only Text, image, video.
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Format: Paperback. First published in , this was the 16th title in the long-running series of books detailing the exploits of the popular haloed hero. Compared to previous entries, notably more frivolous collections of short stories such as 'The Brighter Buccaneer', 'Saint Overboard' provides a superb blend of grit and humour, action and romance. Indeed, it combines the lighter-touches of earlier books with the grittier elements of the previous Saint adventure, 'The Saint In New York' to produce a fabulous cocktail.
One of the most effective features of 'Saint Overboard' is its setting. Based in the fashionable harbours of St. Malo, France and St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Charteris offers a strong sense of escapism and a "wish you were here" feeling which contrasts so strongly with the oppressive underworld of 'The Big Apple' where we last met Templar. Rubbi ng to the spine edges. Reading crease at the front spine seam and crea sing at the upper right edge of the front wrapper.
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Rear wrapper has cr easing at the lower edge and a reading crease at the spine seam. Light dust soiling to the rear wrapper. Hardcover Very good, no dust jacket. Map endpapers. Some foxing. Spine slant. Series: Saint. Fiction K [K] , 1st thus. Mass market paperback Near very good, cocked, creases.
Reading crease, edgewear. TV tie-in. Foxing on endpapers, with previous owner's name on ffep. Blue cloth with yellow titles.
Small stains, spine a little worn. No DJ. First British Edition. First Thus. Book 16 in the author's classic mystery series featuring the "charming anti-hero" Simon Templar, aka "The Saint. Flaws: rubbing to extremities, slight corner bumping. Nicely protected in new archival mylar cover Free!
'The Saint Overboard' by Leslie Charteris
Please see our 2 photos--they show the Exact book you will receive from us, never "stock" images! Same Day Shipping on all orders received by 2 p. Saint Overboard Charteris, Leslie , 1st Sun Dial Press edition, very good condition, with a very good dust jacket, small chips and small wear to dust jacket extremities, published by Sun Dial Press, Garden City, pages. Seller: Robert Gwodz. Very good minus. Little pen marks on inside cover and endpaper at seam. Pages brown. Corners rubbed and bent. Cover slightly soiled.
Edges of spine rubbed and bumped. Please Note: This book has been transferred to Between the Covers from another database and might not be described to our usual standards. Please inquire for more detailed condition information. Used - Acceptable. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside.
Your purchase also supports literacy charities. Very nice copy in lightly worn and wrinkled Hodder and Stoughton Yellow Jacket. Seventeenth Impression. Simon Templar at sea, torn between his desire for a woman and his desire for gold. Why choose, why not both? Bumped and rubbed with a bit of fraying to the corners and spine ends.
Spine darkened, binding square and solid. Seller: My Book Heaven Published: Good with no dust jacket. Seventeenth Edition. Seller: Robert Erwin, Bookseller. Seventh Printing. Original front cover of jacket laid in. Minor edgewear, slightly cocked.
Dust jacket is unclipped, wear to corners, protected in a removable clear film sleeve. New York:: Triangle Books,, Agatha Christie. Simon Brett. Barry Devlin. Home Contact us Help Free delivery worldwide. Free delivery worldwide. Bestselling Series. Harry Potter. Popular Features.