Important genealogy. Arthur Conan Doyle created Sherlock Holmes, detective extraordinaire. E W Hornung (Conan Doyle's brother-in-law) created A J Raffles, gentleman thief. John Kendrick Bangs created Raffles Holmes, son of Sherlock and grandson of Raffles (yes, really - chapter two explains). This third (or possibly second) generation offspring has characteristics drawn from both his forbears: he is an accomplished cat burglar, a thief with a conscience, a master of disguise, and a man-about-town with an amanuensis to record his exploits.
R Holmes & Co, published in 1906, is accomplished pastiche. The style is established early - cats in the night are "vagrant felines on Cupid's contentious battles bent" - and remains true to itself. The various episodes are preposterous but amusingly concocted. The book slips by as effortlessly as R Holmes through a deserving victim's window.