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Knight Templar (The Saint)

Knight Templar
also The Avenging Saint
1938 edition
Author Leslie Charteris
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series The Saint
Genre Mystery fiction
Publisher Hodder and Stoughton
1930
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN NA
Preceded by The Last Hero
Followed by Featuring the Saint (UK)
Wanted for Murder (US)

Knight Templar is the title of a mystery novel by Knights Templar. Later editions were titled The Avenging Saint and the book is also well known by this title, which was first used in a 1931 edition.

Plot summary

The novel, a direct sequel to its predecessor, Patricia Holm, who is referenced only briefly in the story as being on a cruise in the Mediterranean (this same excuse was used by Charteris to remove the character from much of the action in Enter the Saint as well). This was the first book to indicate the "open" nature of Templar and Holm's relationship, although in this case Templar makes clear that his heart remains with Holm.

The final chapter of the book contains a somewhat metafictional reference in that Templar indicates his intent to give his notes regarding the Marius affair to "a writer friend" with the idea of his turning them into a novel—a reference to Leslie Charteris himself. (This same literary device has also been employed by the likes of Arthur Conan Doyle in his Sherlock Holmes books and Ian Fleming in his James Bond novel You Only Live Twice.) And finally, perhaps in a nod to the developing continuity of the "series", Charteris brings Detective-Inspector Carn (MEET THE TIGER) back for a brief reunion with Templar at the climax.

A later Saint novel, Getaway, completed the trilogy begun by The Last Hero and Knight Templar. The ultimate fate of Rayt Marius would be revealed in the novella "The Simon Templar Foundation" in The Misfortunes of Mr. Teal.

External links

  • Book review page
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