Order of Simon Templar Books
Simon Templar, also known as The Saint, is the protagonist in a series of crime fiction/adventure novels and stories by British novelist Leslie Charteris, and later by other authors. Templar is a thief and an amateur detective with a boyish charm and morals similar to that of Robin Hood. His targets consist of corrupt politicians, warmongers and general lowlives. He is not adverse to killing if necessary in order to save lives. Templar’s origins are largely unknown, beyond the fact that he is British and has spent some time Stateside. The character has been portrayed on film and television by such actors as Louis Hayward, George Sanders, Hugh Sinclair, Roger Moore, Ian Ogilvy, Andrew Clarke and Val Kilmer in numerous adaptations.
Leslie Charteris debuted his Simon Templar character in 1928 with the novel Meet the Tiger. Charteris wrote all of the novels and stories in the series until 1964 when they began being ghostwritten (although usually credited to Charteris, who acted as an editor). As of this writing, there are 19 novels, 48 novellas and 95 short stories in the series. Currently, the final Simon Templar novel was Capture the Saint, which was published in 1997. Below is a list of Leslie Charteris’ Simon Templar books in order of when they were originally published (which is the same as their chronological order):
Publication Order of Simon Templar Books
Publication Order of Simon Templar Tie-In Books
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Notes: Meet the Tiger was also published under the titles of The Saint Meets the Tiger, Scoundrels Ltd., Crooked Gold and The Saint in Danger. The Last Hero was also released as The Creeping Death, Sudden Death, The Saint Closes the Case and The Saint and the Last Hero. Knight Templar was later re-titled The Avenging Saint. She Was a Lady was also titled The Saint Meets His Match and Angels of Doom. The Holy Terror was also published as The Saint vs. Scotland Yard. Getaway was also published under the titles of The Saint’s Getaway, Property of the Deceased and Two Men from Munich. Once More the Saint was later re-titled The Saint and Mr. Teal. The Misfortunes of Mr. Teal was also published under the alternate titles of The Saint in London and The Saint in England. Boodle was also released as The Saint Intervenes. Saint Overboard was also published as The Pirate Saint. The Ace of Knaves was also titled The Saint in Action. Thieves’ Picnic was also published under the title of The Saint Bids Diamonds. Prelude for War was also titled The Saint Plays with Fire and The Saint and the Sinners.
Vendetta for the Saint was ghostwritten by Harry Harrison. The Saint on TV and The Saint and the Fiction Makers were ghostwritten by Fleming Lee and John Kruse. The Saint Returns was ghostwritten by Fleming Lee, John Kruse, D.R. Motton and Leigh Vance. The Saint Abroad was ghostwritten by Fleming Lee and Michael Pertwee. The Saint in Pursuit and The Saint and the People Importers were ghostwritten by Fleming Lee. Catch the Saint was ghostwritten by Fleming Lee and Norman Worker. The Saint and the Hapsburg Necklace was ghostwritten by Christopher Short. Send for the Saint was ghostwritten by Peter Bloxsom, John Kruse and Donald James. The Saint in Trouble was ghostwritten by Graham Weaver, John Kruse and Terence Feely. The Saint and the Templar Treasure and Count on the Saint were ghostwritten by Graham Weaver and Donne Avenell. Salvage for the Saint was ghostwritten by Peter Bloxsom and John Kruse. Capture the Saint was written by Burl Barer, based on the characters created by Leslie Charteris. The Saint is a film novelization by Barl Barer, based on the screenplay by Jonathan Hensleigh and Wesley Strick.
Simon Templar Synopsis: In The Saint Closes the Case by Leslie Charteris (aka The Last Hero), Simon and Patricia discover a government-employed scientist who is testing a weapon of mass destruction. Simon decides he must stop him before the weapon is complete. But things take a turn when his archenemy, Rayt Marius, shows up, causing one of Saint’s friends to make a sacrifice.