The Saint in the Sun
is a collection of short stories
by Leslie Charteris
, featuring the Robin Hood
-inspired crimefighter, Simon Templar
, whom Charteris introduced in 1928. The book was first published in 1963 by The Crime Club
in the United States
and by Hodder and Stoughton
in the United Kingdom
in 1964. This was the 36th book of Simon Templar adventures, and was the first published after the start of the TV series The Saint
starring Roger Moore
This was the final Simon Templar book to be solely written by Charteris. Following this release, Charteris began to step back from writing the series and future volumes would be written by different authors but credited to Charteris (who continued on in an editorial capacity until the book series was retired in 1983).
This volume marks a one-time return to the travelogue theme that had dominated the Saint books of the early-mid 1950s particularly The Saint in Europe, The Saint on the Spanish Main, and The Saint Around the World as each story takes place in a different exotic locale. This was the last Saint book to feature short stories; hereafter the books would be either longer novellas or full novels.
The book is dedicated to film director John Paddy Carstairs who not only directed entries in the RKO Pictures Saint film series, but also episodes of the Roger Moore series.
The book consisted of 7 stories:
- Cannes: The Better Mousetrap
- St. Tropez: The Ugly Impresario
- England: The Prodigal Miser
- Nassau: The Fast Women
- Florida: The Jolly Undertaker
- Lucerne: The Russian Prisoner
- Provence: The Hopeless Heiress
Three stories from this collection were later adapted as episodes of the 1962-69 TV series, The Saint
All three stories appeared during the fifth season, with "The Russian Prisoner" airing on Oct 14, 1966, followed by "The Better Mousetrap" on November 25 and "The Fast Women" on January 13, 1967. "The Fast Women" was the last original Leslie Charteris story to be adapted for the series.