The Complete Short Stories of Raffles--The Amateur Cracksman
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The Complete Short Stories of Raffles--The Amateur Cracksman (A.J. Raffles, The Gentleman Thief)

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This Halcyon Classics ebook collection contains the complete Raffles series by E.W. Hornung in four books: THE AMATEUR CRACKSMAN, RAFFLES: FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE AMATEUR CRACKSMAN, A THIEF IN THE NIGHT, and MR. JUSTICE RAFFLES. Includes an active table of contents for easy navigation.

Raffles is a gentleman thief who supports himself by carrying out ingenious robberies t...more
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Published (first published August 1st 1984)
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Jacob
May 2011

I say, old sport, we had a devil of a time tracking this one down, didn't we?

Harry "Bunny" Manders was about to blow his brains out over a gambling debt, until his old school-chum A. J. Raffles, famous cricketer and popular London man-about-town, talked him out of it and offered to help him get the cash. So they robbed a jewelry store together, and thus began a long, and fairly successful, career in crime. Gentlemen bachelors by day, gentlemen thieves by night, no lock or safe could sto...more
Yngvild
Raffles: The Black Mask, also known as Raffles: Further Adventures of the Amateur Cracksman, is the second and chronologically last of the stories by E W Hornung about A J Raffles, gentleman burglar. It is much darker than The Amateur Cracksman.

After his daring escape from a liner in the Mediterranean, Raffles spends the first half of this book dodging both police and a criminal gang “like a rat in a hole”.
Raffles was a genius and he could not make it pay. . .Thus far our rewards had oftener th
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Valerie
Unlike other books hastily categorized as 'Victorian', these stories really ARE Victorian, or at least they begin in the reign of Victoria. In one story, Raffles steals a very distinctive gold cup. Unable to fence it intact, and repulsed by the idea of it being broken up for the metals, he sends it anonymously to Queen Victoria as a gift for her Diamond Jubilee. Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837, so her Diamond Jubilee would be in 1897.

In this hothouse and double-walled-garden world wher...more
Stacy
I originally heard about this collection of short stories through my research of Arthur Conan Doyle. E.W. Hornung was the brother-in-law of Conan Doyle and though his success in writing does not come close to that of Conan Doyle, the series of A.J. Raffles, Amateur Cracksman, seems to have been quite successful. In fact, I have noted a mention of Raffles in Raymond Chandler's works (an American contemporary of Hornung) and even heard the U.K. Top Gear make a mention of it in one of their shows....more
Lisa Kucharski
After reading the hoopla about this writer and character, I thought this book would be a perfect match for me. It was not! The narrator, Bunny- is ineffectual and basically tells you how wonderful Raffles is but you never see what Raffles does. He is supposed to be charming, but I don't see him being charming.

The stories tend to be very talky and little action seen. The narrator/Bunny is ineffectual. I wonder if the popularity of these stories was due to this style of writing being popular at th...more
Nick
Every fan of Sherlock Holmes should spend a little time with Raffles, the gentleman thief. From the same period, with many of the same strengths and weaknesses, Raffles brings to life an era when a gentleman going to the dogs was a shocking event, one that ripped a little hole in the fabric of space and time. These stories are marvelous, until the end, when the last section's distasteful racism mars the experience. Read the first 3 books of the 4, and skip the last one, and you'll have a better...more
Rickeclectic
Dated stories of early twentieth century England, the club and cricket world and the difference between class and money. Raffles is a gentleman who resorts to thieving to live his accustomed life. Wodehouse is muuuuch better, but Raffles had his following years ago.
Sneh Pradhan
More style and less of substance , i feel the characters namely Raffles don't honor the hoopla .....
Mike
To quote Scary-Go-Round, "Raffles! Raffles! Raffles!"
Ruth
I loved this book. Well written and engrossing stories.
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Ernest William Hornung known as Willie, was an English author, most famous for writing the Raffles series of novels about a gentleman thief in late Victorian London.

In addition to his novels and short stories Hornung wrote some war verse, and a play based on the Raffles stories was produced successfully. He was much interested in cricket, and was "a man of large and generous nature, a delightful c...more
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“That settles it. I'm your man." "You mean it?" "Yes--for to-night.” 0 likes
“Again I see him, leaning back in one of the luxurious chairs with which his room was furnished. I see his indolent, athletic figure; his pale, sharp, clean-shaven features; his curly black hair; his strong, unscrupulous mouth. And again I feel the clear beam of his wonderful eye, cold and luminous as a star, shining” 0 likes
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