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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - otterley - LibraryThing
Raffles is one of the archetypes of crime writing - the dilettante with charm, the skilful cricketer, the clever plotter - he is Campion, Wimsey, even Lynley - but with the twist that he bats for the ... Read full review
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