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First Class Cricket and Entertainment,
This review is from: Raffles: The Complete Innings (Kindle Edition)
There is some keen satire between the elements of sweetness and light in this book. Although set at the end of the 19th century Foreman has something to say about modern day bankers, politicians and quick quid loan sharks. Yet the author never loses sight of the fact that these stories are meant to entertain, which they do in abundance. The dry quips of Raffles are worth the price of admission by themselves and unlike the original Hornung stories Foreman lets his Bunny shine with wit and wisdom too.
If you are unfamiliar with the character of Raffles he is a cricketer and amateur cracksman. Foreman stays largely faithful to the Albany residing anti-hero, but he's not afraid to add a level of depth to Raffles. This gentleman thief is far more melancholy yet also humorous than Hornung's creation.
The plotting is tight and I did not guess all the twists. Particularly liked the arrival and line when W.G. Grace turns up in the final story. Men and women should enjoy these stories. Men may want to be Raffles, women will want to be with him. Though there is a sense that no one, not even Bunny, totally understands him. If I have criticisms then I would say that stories one and four could be longer. George Macdonald's Flashman series of books seem to be an inspiration, but I would have liked to see the kind of footnotes at the end of Raffles which are present in the great man's books.
I hope that the author writes a sequel. Other adventures are hinted at and it would be a shame for Raffles to not encounter Holmes again, or have him meet Moriarty perhaps too.