Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman

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Penguin, 2003 - Fiction - 179 pages
Gentleman thief Raffles is daring, debonair, devilishly handsome-and a first-rate cricketer. In these eight stories, the master burglar indulges his passion for cricket and crime: stealing jewels from a country house, outwitting the law, pilfering from the nouveau riche, and, of course, bowling like a demon-all with the assistance of his plucky sidekick, Bunny. Encouraged by his brother-in-law, Arthur Conan Doyle, to write a series about a public school villain, and influenced by his own experiences at Uppingham, E. W. Hornung created a unique form of crime story, where, in stealing as in sport, it is playing the game that counts, and there is always honor among thieves.
 

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I enjoyed these stories, especially as Raffles eludes capture through various disguises and travel changes. I also noticed the similarities between Raffles and Holmes and Bunny and Watson. Like Watson with Holmes, Bunny is often miffed at the way Raffles doesn't share the plan and expects him to know what to do. 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
vii
Chronology
viii
Introduction
xvii
Further Reading
xlviii
A Note on the Text
lvii
The Amateur Cracksman
1
THE IDES OF MARCH
3
A COSTUME PIECE
23
GENTLEMEN AND PLAYERS
39
LE PREMIER PAS
57
WILFUL MURDER
73
NINE POINTS OF THE LAW
87
THE RETURN MATCH
103
THE GIFT OF THE EMPEROR
118
Notes
141
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E. W. Hornung (1866-1921) created Raffles the gentleman burglar, hero of The Amateur Cracksman (1899) and Mr. Justice Raffles (1909) and wrote many other adventure stories published in magazines and in book form. He married Arthur Conan Doyle's sister Constance, traveled widely, and played cricket. Richard Lancelyn Green is an authority on the life and work of Arthur Conan Doyle and editor of several volumes of his work.

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