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Mr. Justice Raffles

Mr. Justice Raffles [Kindle Edition]

E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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English short-story writer and novelist. Hornung is famed as the creator of gentleman-burglar, A. J. Raffles. He is featured in many stories, the most famous of which are The Amateur Cracksman (1899), The Black Mask (1901), and A Thief in the Night (1905). Several of these stories have been televised. Hornung also wrote a novel based on this burglar's exploits, titled Mr. Justice Raffles (1909). He also penned other novels set against an Australian backdrop. The most popular of these is Stingaree (1905).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 354 KB
  • Print Length: 365 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1846372194
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00847OM8C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ripping Yarns 16 Jan 2011
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Mr. Justice Raffles
The author, Hornung, was a friend and the brother in law of Conan Doyle. "Raffles" is an Edwardian period creation. There is something tongue in cheek about him. However, the stories are imbued with qualities and associations, not to mention a class consciousness, that, approximately a century later, make them seem tantalisingly other-worldly evoking the flavour of a far distant epoch.

As an aside, it's interesting to realise that Wodehouse, in his writing and mannerisms was essentially recording an Edwardian perspective as well, although ploughing a much different furrow.

Hornung effectively turns the crime novel genre of the period on its head. Raffles, the hero, is a burglar, a sneak-thief, a criminal who is a ruthless exploiter of his class. Man about town, cricket star, socially successful, he weighs up and exploits any lucrative and challenging situation to his advantage. His exploits bristle with risk-taking, there is almost certainly an intentionally tongue in cheek element, a "boys own" quality of good old "derring do" about the stories. These are "ripping yarns".

The "rub" as the Edwardians might say, is that our hero is Sherlock in reverse, (probably consciously and with Hornung's brother in laws knowing approval). Naturally, Raffles too has his foil, his Dr.Watson is "Bunny" who once fagged for Raffles and is totally smitten with his hero. There is no overt homoerotic element here but there is something, (perhaps deliberately?), a little odd, certainly in contemporary terms, about the relationship. There are curious preoccupations as Bunny, the narrator, the self effacing bumbler, juggles with the concept of "honour".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read 7 Aug 2012
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Full length adventure from the pen of Hornung. This time Raffles and Bunny come to the aid of Teddy - a young man down on his luck and in the arms of a moneylender (and its good to remember that this was written in the late 19th century when prejudices & attitudes were completely different from now but yes it is a very prejudicial characterization.)

I have always loved Raffles and Bunny ever since the 70s and finding this edition free on the kindle was a joy for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Period piece 20 May 2014
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This is definitely a period piece. It is many years (55?) since I last read a Raffles story and I was to be honest a bit disappointed with this story. It is probably because my tastes have changed since I was a teenager!

For anyone who is a fan on Sherlock, this book is in my view on a par with those stories, although from a different perspective, as Raffles is a crook rather than a detective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They seek him there? 15 Feb 2013
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I have read other novels by this author and can't wait to read this one. It will make a good read on holiday.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Raffles COURT In The Act! 11 Feb 2013
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`Mr Justice Raffles' (1909) is the last of the original quartet of books written by E.W. Hornung recounting the misadventures of A.J. Raffles, Victorian gentleman cricketer... and safe-cracker! Unlike the previous three volumes, it is the only Raffles NOVEL penned by Hornung and is set chronologically towards the end of the first volume of short stories, `The Amateur Cracksman' (1899) in a time before our anti-hero is exposed by the law.

The plot of `Mr Justice Raffles' revolves around the cracksman's involvement with a vindictive money lender, Dan Levy, who is attempting to bankrupt and discredit both Raffles' pal, Teddy Garland, and Teddy's father. This set-up provides an interesting shift in Hornung's portrayal of his safe-cracker, for ostensibly Raffles is the `good' guy up against a malevolent force. Throughout the story, A.J. assumes the role of the judge and judicial system that Levy seems set to side-step, whilst appointing his hapless sidekick, Bunny, as the jury.

Much like the best short stories in the series, much of `Mr Justice Raffles' works brilliantly. In the early stages of the novel, there is much shifting of positions as Raffles first successfully ingratiates himself with Levy in a continental health resort without the latter realising that his new-found friend has designs on Mrs Levy's expensive necklace. However, owing to a sleight-of-hand trick, Raffles and Levy soon become bitter enemies who nonetheless need each other (Levy needs Raffles to steal an incriminating document for him whilst Raffles needs Levy's annulment of the financial agreements that are destroying the Garlands' lives).
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