Leslie Charteris Daredevil (pre-Saint book).

 
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Leslie Charteris Daredevil
Daredevil Digit pb edn.

Leslie Charteris wrote several books before he hit the big time, and a few non-Saint books after. First published 1929 by Ward, Lock & Crime Club (USA). Daredevil followed the exploits of Christopher "Storm" Arden, described as "the fighting daredevil". The character featured many elements that would later be incorporated into The Saint (including the car he drove, a Hirondel of the type later used by Simon Templar in the early Saint novels and stories). The most notable element of the book is that it featured the first appearance of Scotland Yard Inspector Claude Eustace Teal, the gum-chewing detective who would go on to become a recurring character in the Simon Templar novels.
After inventing Jimmy Traill for The Thriller, Leslie decided for simplicity to stick with one character in future books and chose Simon Templar.
The above information was taken from my CDROM 'A History of the Saint books'
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