The Amateur Cracksman
Arthur J. Raffles is a character created in the 1890s by E. W. Hornung, a brother-in-law to Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. Raffles is, in many ways, a deliberate inversion of Holmes - he is a "gentleman thief," living in The Albany, a very upscale address in London, playing cricket for the Gentlemen of England and supporting himself by carrying out ingenious burglaries. He is called the "Amateur Cracksman," and often, at first, differentiates between himself and the "professors" - professional criminals from the lower classes.
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Review: The Amateur Cracksman (AJ Raffles, The Gentleman Thief #1)User Review - Rebecca - Goodreads
The adventures of an experienced thief and his less experienced accomplice. Likeable characters despite the fact that they are criminals. Entertaining short stories, well suited to times when I didn't want to get hooked in a book I'd feel compelled to read cover-to-cover. Read full review