A Thief in the Night: A Book of Raffles' Adventures (Dodo Press)
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A Thief in the Night: A Book of Raffles' Adventures (A.J. Raffles, The Gentleman Thief #3)

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Ernest William Hornung (1866-1921) was an English author. He spent most of his life in England and France, but in 1884 left for Australia and stayed for two years. Although his Australian experience had been so short, it coloured most of his literary work from A Bride from the Bush (1890), to Old Offenders and a Few Old Scores (1923) which appeared after his death. He publ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published February 15th 2008 by Dodo Press (first published 1905)
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A Thief in the Night is the third of the four Raffles books by E W Hornung. It fills in the gaps of the first two books with several mostly light-hearted short stories, several with an impish humour, and most with a feeling of nostalgia.

One story, for example, has Raffles and Bunny visiting their old minor public school and re-enacting some of Raffles’ schoolboy exploits. Another has a supposedly dead Raffles visiting a museum in Scotland Yard that contains articles from his more famous crimes....more
My third Raffles book, and I continue to be surprised that some find the later books inferior to the first one. Hornung got better at writing as he went along; the characters of Bunny and Raffles continue to deepen, and their relationship is more complex than ever in this volume.

I suppose it's a more amusing book than the second one, since it mostly contains stories from before Raffles' initial disappearance; we get to read about dapper gentlemen in perfect evening clothes, committing outrageous...more
Dec 14, 2008 Daniel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Daniel by: Rose
"A Thief in the Night," the third in the series of books about gentleman thief (or, in author E.W. Hornung's parlance, amateur cracksman) Raffles, is lighter and a bit more scattershot than its immediate predecessor -- and more fun as a result.

In the third installment, most of the stories predate those in "Raffles: Further Adventures of the Amateur Cracksman," and Hornung doesn't attempt to interconnect them as much as he did the tales in the first two Raffles books. Still, any reader who picks...more
I wish I could give this book 3.5 out of 5, so let me round up to 4.

'A Thief in the Night' is better than its precursor 'The Further Adventures of an Amateur Cracksmen', although I still feel it falls short by a long way of the Arsene Lupin Adventures by Maurice Leblanc. However, having researched which came first — Hornung's Raffels by about 15 years — I think it is fair to say that literary path was somewhat beaten and more easily travelled by the time Leblanc created Lupin.
Completely guessable, but oh so fun! This is going to wrap up my 2013 reading- nice way to head out of the old and in to the new.
Magnificent! Oh, how I love that dastardly Raffles! The charm of him even in the midst of the the most appalling deeds is enough to sweep any girl off her feet.
Very entertaining and well written. A jolly good read.
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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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