- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 876 KB
- Print Length: 47 pages
- Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (23 Feb. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007CS7WJU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #203,681 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a short novel that was given to my by Endeavour Press for reviewing. There are two things already in the title that catch my attention; ‘Raffles’ and ‘Gentleman thief’. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lisbeth Ekelof
Possibly because it is many years since I have read a "Raffles" story or that my imagination is ageing but I did not enjoy or indeed finish this book which is rare for me.Published 21 months ago by John Day
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 morePublished on 27 Jun. 2013 by Cristina
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 morePublished on 8 Jan. 2013 by JBstar
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 morePublished on 5 Jan. 2013 by More Books Please
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 morePublished on 29 July 2012 by Miss S
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... Read morePublished on 29 July 2012 by Aytoun12
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 morePublished on 22 May 2012 by J. Smith
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 morePublished on 4 May 2012 by Cat Louise