Monday, January 13, 2020

Paperback Warrior Podcast - Episode 26

On episode 26 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast, Tom explains the allure of The Saint series by Leslie Charteris, including a review of “Alias The Saint.” Eric covers Soldier of Fortune #2 by Peter McCurtin , and the guys have impromptu discussion about the work of Shepard Rifkin and Louis L’Amour. Listen on any podcast app or stream below. You can also download the episode directly HERE. Listen to "Episode 26: The Saint" on Spreaker.


  1. Speaking of female authors, please don't overlook Dolores Hitchens. Two of her best novels featured hardboiled PI Jim Sader. The first one - "Sleep With Strangers (1955) is excellent. The second - "Sleep With Slander" is outstanding.

  2. My favorite Saint novel is an early one--"The Saint in New York," in which he is hired to clean up organized crime in New York. He starts off his campaign by announcing his intention to kill a mobster who was just released by a corrupt judge, then doing so even while the guy is surrounded by cops. The story proceeds at breakneck speed from there and ends with a wonderful twist involving the identity of the crime boss who secretly runs the NYC mob.

  3. I started reading the Saint with Alias the Saint back in the 1980s. After that I picked up a lot of them as they were being republished. I am now working through reading them all in publication order via the Kindle ebooks.

    I would suggest trying the two, The Saint Closes the Case (there are a few variant titles of this book over different printings but this is the current title) and The Avenging Saint (aka Knight Templar). The two need to be read in order and form a very good story. These are two early stories and are both novel length treatments.

    I think that the Charteris books are a bit "British" for a lot of American readers. Not really the blood and thunder stories that a lot of American readers are used to and different from the portrayal of the character in most of the filmed treatments.

    Thanks for all of your work.