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3.0 out of 5 stars An athlete of the first water, 31 Mar 2011
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This review is from: Raffles: The Amateur Cracksman (Penguin Classics) (Mass Market Paperback)
The book contains eight short stories each featuring an adventure of the gentleman burglar and his accomplice/narrator/fag, 'Bunny'.

Please note that in this Penguin Classics edition the stories occupy 140 pages, with the book being bulked-up by exhaustive notes and a long introduction.

Bunny is 'spellbound and entranced' by the world of crime as he is besotted with Raffles,'beyond comparison the most masterful man I had ever known'. Raffles is not quite the Hurrah Henry one might expect and really owes his social inclusion more to his cricketing skills than his class.

Scotland yard has a small cameo from Inspector Mackenzie but the most fun character is Crawshay a fellow 'sportsman' on the run from Dartmoor.

Would have been rather daring in 1899. Best enjoyed as a dip-in read.
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