by Leslie CharterisI admit it freely and not under any duress: I am a fan of Leslie Charteris' Saint novels and especially those written prior to WWII. And as a matter of fact this adaptation came from the 5th book publish in the annals of the illustrious Simon Templar aka the Saint. with the first hardcover publishing in England by Hodder and Stoughton in 1931. First hardcover publishing in the U.S.A. was by The Crime Club in 1931 as part of Wanted for Murder. Includes:
The Logical Adventure
The Wonderful War
The Man who could not Die
This particular story came with a introduction from Paging the Saint from 1945 by Leslie Charteris himself in which he explained something about this story.
I have written some whodunits, but not very many, and not all of them very good. But most of the time I have tried to exploit a mutation which you might call the "whatisit".
I think it was G.K. Chesterton who first claimed in a loud voice that the short story was the only satisfactory length for a "whodunit", because beyond that length it was exasperating to have to content with an entire cast of characters with masks on, clad in deceptive raiment, speaking with disguised voices in studied ambiguities, and general attempting to give false impressions, whatever their true characters might be, entirely for the selfish purposes of the author.
It was this cogent argument which turned my interest to the "whatisit", the story in which we have no serious doubt, if any doubt at all, as to the identity of the prime villain. Our problem is to discover the facts and form of his villainy, or to find means to punish him, or circumvent his menace to the happiness of our preferred characters.
Maxwell Smith, I believe, was one of the early proponents of this style of literary architecture in the popular detective magazines - the business of frankly presenting Desperate Desmond at the outset and centering readers interest on the task of bringing him to book through untiring efforts of Handsome Harry. And a nice job he did of it. Of course, the classic example of this design is Hugo's Les Miserables, in which the indefatigable Monsieur Javert dogged the footsteps of Jean Valjean to the end of the chapter.
This yarn is one of my own first experiments with this pattern, and for that reason it might be of some interest to you tireless antiquarians.
This lengthy intro for the tale is actually more interesting than the adaptation by Mel Odom for this graphic novel based upon the short story or yarn as written by Leslie Charteris. The drawings are adequate but less than the last years published graphic novel with the Saint albeit in colour and this one in b/w. One has to really pay attention otherwise you keep mixing up the character based upon the drawings. And as for the story, please read the Leslie Charteris book "Featuring the Saint" which under the herculean effort of mister Ian Dickerson have gotten themselves a brilliant reprint on both sides of the Atlantic ocean.
Why three stars? You may ask. Well you may ask.... Simply because it is the return of the Saint through a medium which perhaps does not flatter him this time, but does bring Simon Templar back into the light. And trust me as I think that this century has had far to little of the Saintly adventures that it should have enjoyed.
THE SAINT WILL RETURN WATCH FOR HIS SIGN
|Title||The Saint - the man who wouldn't die|
|eBook format||Paperback, (torrent)|
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|Book rating||3.2 (2 votes)