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Raffles: The Gentleman Thief [Kindle Edition]

Richard Foreman
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Raffles, the famous cricketer and amateur cracksman, is back in an original adventure. Harry "Bunny" Manders, Raffles' biographer and accomplice, recounts the tale of the time they broke into the bookshop, Hatchard's of Piccadilly. Their mission? To steal a letter, formally owned by one Rene d'Aramis, which if published could compromise a prominent member of the government.

Yet, even more intriguing than their employment is their employer - a certain Mr Sherlock Holmes of 221b Baker Street. How will the master criminal fare against the legendary detective?

In this stunning re-creation of the classic Raffles stories, Richard Foreman brings one of the most famous characters in literature vividly back to life.

This brilliant novella will be enjoyed by anyone who has read the original Raffles stories, as well as by fans of Sherlock Holmes, and historical fiction.

It has been widely praised.

‘A capital story! Strong characters, sparkling dialogue, a plot with a twist as the gentleman thief plies his trade again. Devotees of the original stories will rejoice at his return: new fans will greet a fresh hero and wait impatiently for more adventures. Raffles, burglar extraordinaire, master cricketer, welcome back to The Albany!’ - David Dickinson, author of The Lord Powerscourt Mysteries

In Praise of Raffles: Bowled Over:

'This story is not only a joy because of the wonderful characterizations of Raffles and Bunny, but the ret of the ensemble is both amusing and full of personality.I found myself often laughing with Raffles and cringing with Bunny at the various people they encounter. The casual mention of real people like H.G.Wells, Winston Churchill and the famous sportsman C.B.Fry - here a friend of Raffles - naturally brings authenticity to the story, and you really do feel like you're witnessing history first hand.' Dawn, The Baker Street Babes

Richard Foreman is a literary consultant and publicist. He cut his teeth in the book trade as a bookseller, before founding Chalke Authors.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 133 KB
  • Print Length: 43 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd.; 1 edition (23 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007CS7WJU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,429 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Richard Foreman is the author of the Raffles series of books and the historical novels Augustus: Son of Rome, Sword of Rome: Standard Bearer, A Hero of Our Time and Warsaw. He has worked as a literary consultant and publicist to a number of bestselling authors, including Tom Holland, Conn Iggulden and Simon Scarrow. He lives in London.

Richard Foreman's work has been widely praised:

The Raffles: The Gentleman Thief series:

'A capital story! Strong characters, sparkling dialogue, a plot with a twist as the gentleman thief plies his trade again. Devotees of the original stories will rejoice at his return: new fans will greet a fresh hero and wait impatiently for more adventures. Raffles, burglar extraordinaire, master cricketer, welcome back to The Albany!' (David Dickinson, author of The Lord Powerscourt Mysteries)

'This story is not only a joy because of the wonderful characterizations of Raffles and Bunny, but the rest of the ensemble is both amusing and full of personality. I found myself often laughing with Raffles and cringing with Bunny at the various people they encounter. The casual mention of real people like H.G.Wells, Winston Churchill and the famous sportsman C.B.Fry - here a friend of Raffles - naturally brings authenticity to the story, and you really do feel like you're witnessing history first hand' (Dawn - The Baker Street Babes)

'The exploitative rich are robbed, habitual criminals are caught, and men of true nobility triumph... Raffles... is a debonair rogue - a sparkling bon vivant with penchants for cricket and larceny ... [but] Foreman gives himself more latitude with Bunny... who grows in stature (and cunning) over the books.' (David Blackburn, The Spectator)

A Hero of Our Time:

'An elegant novel which is awash with both hope and tragedy. A Hero of Our Time is a must read for anyone interested in WWII or 19th Century Russian Literature.'
(Nigel Jones, author of Countdown To Valkyrie)

Augustus Son of Rome:

'Augustus: Son of Rome forges action and adventure with politics and philosophy. This superb story is drenched in both blood and wisdom - and puts Foreman on the map as the coming man of historical fiction'.
(Saul David, Author of the Zulu Hart series)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventurous and addictive 25 Feb 2012
By Natalie
Format:Kindle Edition
Raffles: The Gentleman Thief is an excellent short story. It is detailed and interesting enough to quench a thirst for nostalgic and historical comfort whilst being compact enough to devour in the space of a lunchtime or train journey. For fans of Hornung's original stories, Foreman adds a fresh sense of adventure to Raffles, a respected and admired gentleman in London society with a penchant for larceny and pleasure. An addictive set of characters, a charming setting and Foreman's excellent dialogue bode very well for the next instalment.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Fans of both Sherlock Holmes & Flashman 26 Feb 2012
By Jacks
Format:Kindle Edition
Unbelievably smart, gripping and wickedly funny. There is a great cameo from Sherlock Holmes, but the book belongs to Raffles. Have just bought the original stories by E. W. Hornung and if there half as good as Richard Foreman's re-boot then they'll be twice as good as most things.
Raffles: The Gentleman Thief is short, but there isn't a paragraph wasted and there is still time for a clever twist at the end. The narrator, Bunny, is sweet and likeable and provides a nice counterweight to Raffles.
Should you enjoy Sherlock Holmes - or Oscar Wilde or Flashman - then this series must be a must
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A clever mix of old and new. 1 Mar 2012
By Charlie
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Upon arrival at the first page, we are transported not just into the familiarity of London's society, but into a world of literary allusions and personalities. Foreman cleverly draws upon the landscapes of Dickens and reputations of writers like Wilde to excellent and frequently comical effect adding a richer visual and literary backdrop to his narrative.

However, the novella's webs of allusion do not merely tickle the fancy of a literary audience. Although it can be said that Foreman certainly mimics the Conan Doyle style, its wealth of references are not limited to his predecessors. The author recognises that many of his readers may be approaching the text following a relatively recent introduction to Sherlock Holmes in the popular BBC TV series and the recent film releases starring Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. The novella, therefore, is careful not to isolate the modern world and frequently engages in a spot of political satire. He situates his text in its historical and political setting, whilst playing upon both periods to an amusing end. When Raffles and Bunny are discussing the potential damage for the politician if the letter were to be released to the public, Raffles humorously states `I doubt that I'll have much sympathy for him, whoever he is. So many of them behave like bastards...lies trip of their tongues'. The reader cannot help but find itself nodding in agreement and tittering at its allusion to the parliamentary expenses scandal.

With Holmes and Watson, Foreman again draws upon the old and the new to create his characters. Raffles' description of Holmes as `protector or persecutor' compliments the well established perception of Holmes as a bipolar character and personality.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raffles Re-Born. 26 Feb 2012
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This novella brings Raffles back to life in a witty and authentic way. It has all the adventure and charm of the original stories but with a very distinct modern touch from Foreman. Concise, it's a perfect short read for a journey and it will have you laughing out loud, as well as wanting more (there is a teaser chapter for the second book at the end of the first). There are a number of literary references littered throughout the text but, like the original stories by Hornung, Raffles: The Gentleman Thief aims to be good old fashioned entertainment - and succeeds.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read 2 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm a big fan of Holmes and Watson but hadn't heard of Raffles. A friend introduced me to Forman's new take on this gentleman thief and I'm delighted he did. The book is beautifully written, full of eloquent dialogue and wonderfully debonair characters. It's comfort reading, where you know the good guys will come good in the end. The appearance of Holmes is a treat, as penetrating as ever he was in Conan Doyle's masterpieces. The plot is sleek, with a twist. I'd like to see this dramatized on TV. Looking forward to reading the next one. Keep them coming!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Witty and Gripping 8 Mar 2012
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Great stuff, the work of a real enthusiast. Foreman has created a world where detective literature and history meet on more or less equal terms. Deftly handled and displaying a fine grasp of tension, this novella allows us to enter a milieu of deception, counter-deception, crime and derring-do where we encounter the greats of the detective genre. The perfect way to wile away a bus journey and more. I am about to download the next one and I am looking forward to it -- although I also hope that Foreman's hero, Raffles, doesn't have too easy a time of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever, but not quite clever enough 29 July 2012
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Well written, short but entertaining, worthy of a four star rating. Sadly the twist at the end was obvious and for me at least the in jokes jarred badly,and just a little more plot would have been better. Nevertheless it was a fun read and I will read more of this author's work in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drags you right in to the centre of the story 5 Mar 2012
By Popps
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With a renewed interest in Sherlock Holmes since the release of the BBC series and the films, `Raffles: The Gentleman Thief' brings an alter-ego of Holmes back to life. It's great to see Raffles in contrast to Holmes, he is a darker character leading a life of secret criminality and finding pleasure in women, whisky and cricket. Yet he is intriguing as his lifestyle contrasts often with his manner. He is courteous and polite, especially with his companion `Bunny', and he is as the title depicts him a gentleman, which makes him all the more intriguing. The plot holds just enough action for me and the balance between this and the descriptive settings is well judged. The smoky streets filled with horse and carriages and pick pocketing street urchins pull you right into the story and I feel as though I am walking through old London with Bunny. I'm interested in how Bunny and a person such as Raffles might have met but love the portrait of Raffles as seen through his eyes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars "Adventurous battle of genius"
In this short story, there is a real sense of competition between Raffles and Holmes which is done brilliantly. It is cleverly written and a compelling read. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cristina
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and intertextual
Foreman's Sherlock Holmes spin-off is a delightful story full of twists and turns. The prose is sophisticated and contains many rewarding intertextual references for the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by JBstar
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to the series
The first instalment of Richard Foreman's Raffles series sees the gentleman thief approached by Sherlock Holmes to steal a scandalous letter from a bookshop safe. Read more
Published 15 months ago by chubbagrubb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value. Great writing. Ok twist.
Great value for 99p. I guessed the twist, but couldn't help but be impressed by the quality of the writing and dialogue in general. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Miss S
3.0 out of 5 stars Stole an hour or two
I recieved this story as part of a promotion from the publisher. Having recently finished some of the original Sherlock Holmes books I was in the mood to discover the Raffles... Read more
Published 23 months ago by J. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable Start to the Series
At the height of the present Sherlock Holmes hysteria, Foreman introduces the first in a series of novellas starring Raffles (cricket player by day, gentleman thief by night) and... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Cat Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars New adventures of Raffles and Bunny!
A fan of Sherlock Holmes? Read E. W. Hornung's stories about the gentleman thief A. J. Raffles and his trusty sidekick Bunny, written lovingly and tongue-in-cheek by Conan Doyle's... Read more
Published on 22 April 2012 by Gry Christoffersen
5.0 out of 5 stars A cricketer, a cad and a gentleman thief
This is a fun story with a great twist at the end. Meet real and fictional historical characters hanging out in the society clubs of London town. A nice commuter read. Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2012 by Mr. Cormac Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Short Sweet and Swell
The Gentleman Thief takes the reader back to the London of Sherlock Holmes, but populated by a host of literary icons such as Wilde and Radcliff. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2012 by Madeline
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