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Raffles [Paperback]

Hornung E. W. Hornung , E. W. Hornung , 1stworld Library
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1 Aug 2007 Raffles
I am still uncertain which surprised me more, the telegram calling my attention to the advertisement, or the advertise-ment itself. The telegram is before me as I write. It would appear to have been handed in at Vere Street at eight o'clock in the morning

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: 1st World Library - Literary Society (1 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421848090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421848099
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 13.7 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,562,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thievery with Style 24 Mar 2005
A.J. Raffles, ex-public school, is famous in fin de siecle England as a cricketer who plays (naturally, as a Gentleman, i.e. amateur) at Lords. He lives in Albany (bachelor "sets" off Piccadilly) and is the epitome of Victorian style and cut. What is not known about him is that the money for Albany, cricket and even his hand-rolled Turkish cigarettes comes from theft and burglary. When his ex-"fag" from School, Bunny, comes to beg or borrow money (having been washed out at cards and, having given a worthless cheque, facing disgrace and exile from polite society) Raffles saves him by taking him along to "beard" a jeweller in Mayfair. Thus starts a profitable --at first-- association.
Raffles and Bunny play cricket, drink brandy-and-soda, smoke handrolled cigs and steal with style. They even thieve a delicate and priceless urn from the British Museum, keeping it in Albany, on Raffles' mantelpiece, until they decide to send it, with loyal compliments, to Her Majesty, on the occasion of her Jubilee. God Bless You, Sah!
These Raffles stories are as English and as classic as Sherlock Holmes or Father Brown and every bit as enjoyable. May they long be reprinted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evil thieving Sherlock Holmes 9 Dec 2004
By Gagewyn - Published on Amazon.com
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Yep this book pretty much gives you a take on what would happen if genius detective Sherlock Holmes were instead genius cat burglar Justice Raffles. Raffles commits high collar petty theft for fun and profit. He steals jewelry etc and uses his connections as a gentleman to sniff out new opportunities. At one point as he describes the many middle men involved in reselling a piece of stolen jewelry as he explains to Bunny how crime doesn't pay - financially anyway. Often he steals something just because of the challenge involved in stealing it, which leads to interesting and varied stories for us to read. Bunny is his unwitting and later witting accomplice. He narrates the stoires, as a sort of Watson to Raffles' Holmes.

These were very charming stoires. If you like Sherlock Holmes and other victorian fiction then you will probably like these.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully entertaining 14 Aug 2013
By Kurt A. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
When Bunny (a public-school nickname) finds himself hopelessly in debt, and on the verge of ruination, he turns to an old school chum of his, A.J. Raffles. It turns out that Raffles can help him, but not in the manner he had imagined. Having found himself in a similar predicament years ago, Raffles took a novel solution, he became an amateur cracksman, that is, a cat-burglar. Remarkably free from any sort of moral qualms, Raffles takes Bunny on as his assistant, and together they lead a life of gentleman criminals. Sometimes they score stunning coups, and sometimes they suffer humiliating defeats; this is the life of Raffles and Bunny.

A man who was Arthur Conan Doyle's brother-in-law and friend wrote this story in 1899. This book reflects the more gentle style of Victorian literature (as also seen in the Sherlock Holmes stories), where the emphasis is placed on dialogue and suspense, rather than gunplay and action. Raffles is a gentleman, one without a moral compass, but one does know that there has to be a comeuppance somewhere, right? This is a wonderfully entertaining book, one that I recommend to you.
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