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The Saint on the Spanish Main

The Saint on the Spanish Main
First edition (US)
Author Leslie Charteris
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series The Saint
Genre Mystery fiction
Publisher The Crime Club
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Preceded by The Saint in Europe
Followed by The Saint Around the World

The Saint on the Spanish Main is a collection of short stories by Leslie Charteris, first published in 1955 by The Crime Club in the United States and Hodder and Stoughton in the United Kingdom. This book continues the adventures of Simon Templar, alias The Saint, and is the second of three consecutive books that take a "travelogue" approach to the stories, with each taking place in a different exotic locale.


The book consisted of 6 stories:

  1. Bimini: The Effete Angler: A chance encounter with an arrogant business man raises paranoia about the Saint. Charteris addresses the reader several times in this story, which is also more sexually explicit than previous Saint stories.
  2. Nassau: The Arrow of God: Templar investigates the bizarre murder of an acerbic journalist.
  3. Jamaica: The Black Commissar (titled The Man from Moscow in some editions): Simon reunites with characters from "The Arrow of God" and "The Masked Angel" (from an earlier book, Call for the Saint) to bring down a communist sympathizer who has installed himself as dictator of a semi-autonomous area of Jamaica.
  4. Puerto Rico: The Unkind Philanthropist: Simon engages in a little identity theft as he plays a confidence scheme on a crooked businessman. The story is notable for having Templar directly refer to author Leslie Charteris by name and revealing in dialogue that novels based on his adventures exist in continuity.
  5. The Virgin Islands: The Old Treasure Story: Simon engages the help of a film crew in aiding a woman in a race against time to recover a sunken treasure.
  6. Haiti: The Questing Tycoon: Templar squares off against a man who is taking advantage of a young woman who may or may not be a voodoo priestess.

Some editions, such as the 1955 Avon Books printing, omit the Nassau and Puerto Rico stories, despite one of the remaining stories being a sequel to the former.

Television adaptations

Several stories from this collection formed the basis for episodes of the 1962-69 TV series, The Saint.

"The Arrow of God" aired during the first season on November 15, 1962, followed by "The Effete Angler" on November 29. During the third season, "The Unkind Philanthropist" aired on December 24, 1964. "The Old Treasure Story" aired as the final episode of the fourth season on August 26, 1965.

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