Title: Enter the Saint
Author: Leslie Charteris
Cover artist: Uncredited
Estimated value: $8-12
- Strike a pose.
- The Pocket Books logo went through a lot of versions in the early years. This is one of the more adorable variants.
- I know remarkably little about the Saint, except he was played by Roger Moore on television. There were reruns in syndication on TV when I was a kid. I don't remember a damn thing about them. I had no idea he was known as "The Robin Hood of Modern Crime." I just thought he was a charming cut-rate Bond.
- It's weird how (relatively) quickly "gay" lost its non-sexual connotation. I was reading "Cotton Comes to Harlem" this week, and Cotton Ed and Grave Digger talk about wanting to get gay, i.e. go out, drink, have fun ... you know: have a gay old time. I wonder when that meaning essentially died, because it has died hard.
- Meet Snake Ganning ... Jane, his wife!
- This is a war-time book (1944). Pocket Books' whole "Send this book to a boy in the armed forces" thing was a genius marketing strategy. Together with the Armed Services Editions of cheap books, Pocket Books was helping cultivate a huge paperback-buying market for the post-war era.
The removal of the "dope bird" to a quiet cellar where a ruthless interrogation could proceed without interruption.
A sentence ominous in its incompleteness as well as its all-too-common anti-avian rhetoric.
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