Raffles

Raffles

The Amateur Cracksman

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Criminal mastermind, man-about-town, master of disguise, and a damn fine gentleman cricketer: Arthur J. Raffles is the classic lovable rogue "Do you think that because a fellow has rooms at this place and belongs to a club or two and plays a little cricket, he must necessarily have a balance in the bank? . . . I have nothing but my wits to live on." Raffles is a public-school cad and master burglar, with an aptitude for cricket and a passion for crime--an immaculately dressed gentleman thief who steals from the rich not to give to the poor, but rather to subsidize his own splendid lifestyle. Along with his sidekick--his former schoolmate and fellow gambler Harry "Bunny" Masters--he embarks on a series of thefts. But will they get away with it? First published in 1899, Raffles was an immediate success. With Raffles, the scoundrel-in-an-evening-suit, Hornung created an irresistible alternative to Sherlock Holmes.
Publisher: London : Atlantic Books, 2008
Edition: Crime classics ed. --
ISBN: 9781843548546
1843548542
Branch Call Number: FIC Hornu 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 165 p. --

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DanniOcean Jun 15, 2009

Back when Sherlock Holmes was testing cigar ash and sampling liquid cocaine, he had a counter-part in the literary crime world, one A.J. Raffles. It would be Raffles’ cigarette ash that Holmes would be testing – Raffles is a burglar. With his own version of Dr. Watson at his side (the peculiarly nick-named Bunny who also narrates these tales), the pair insinuate themselves into high society by playing cricket with aplomb, hob-knobbing with lords and ladies, and often doing so right under the unsuspecting nose of Inspector MacKenzie of Scotland Yard.

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