Salvage for the Saint
Salvage for the Saint is the title of a 1983 mystery novel featuring the character of Simon Templar, alias "The Saint". The novel was written by Peter Bloxsom based on the two-part Return of the Saint episode, "Collision Course" by John Kruse, but per the custom at this time, the author credit on the cover went to Leslie Charteris, who created the Saint in 1928, and who served in an editorial capacity.
First edition UK hardcover
|Author||Peter Bloxsom and John Kruse, based on characters by Leslie Charteris|
|Publisher||The Crime Club|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|LC Class||PR6005.H348 S47 1983|
|Preceded by||Count on the Saint|
|Followed by||The Saint (film novelization)|
The two "Collision Course" episodes have also been syndicated as the made-for-TV film, The Saint and the Brave Goose.
This was the 50th book of Simon Templar adventures. It was also the last to be published during the original 1928-83 run of the series. Although Charteris had served more in an editorial or co-writer capacity on the Saint books since the early 1960s, he remained directly involved with them up to this point, making his 55-year tenure as official "chronicler" of the Saint one of the longest in western fiction.
The book was first published in the United States by The Crime Club, and was followed thereafter by a United Kingdom edition from Hodder and Stoughton. This was also the last Saint book to be published by these two companies. The book is notable for including a rare reference to Patricia Holm, who was the Saint's girlfriend and adventuring partner in the early Saint novels and short stories, having last appeared within the short story collection Saint Errant, published in 1948.
Following publication of Salvage for the Saint, the decision was made to retire the character. Charteris died in 1993 and the next Saint books would not appear until 1997.