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The Complete Raffles (Everyman) Paperback – 4 Nov 1993

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Product details

  • Paperback: 470 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (4 Nov. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0460873938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0460873932
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,583,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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THIS REVIEW INCORPORATES A FULL CONSIDERATION OF ALL 3 VOLUMES IN 'THE COLLECTED RAFFLES'...

A REVIEW OF `RAFFLES: AMATEUR CRACKSMAN' BY E.W. HORNUNG

Imagine that you are playing the board game, `Twenty Questions' and the category is "Who am I?" What would your answer be to the following clues?
1. I am a literary character created in the late nineteenth century whose adventures continued into the early twentieth century.
2. Most of my adventures are chronicled in short story format.
3. I live at a fashionable London address.
4. My work is carried out on the scenes of crimes.
5. I am a master of disguise.
6. I carry out my work with a sidekick who joined me in my first written adventure.
7. My stories are narrated by my side kick.
8. My assistant is often frustrated by my withholding of vital information during the course of a story.
By the time you get to the third or fourth clue, no doubt you would be punching the air in triumph and shouting out the name, "Sherlock Holmes". If you did, you would be WRONG. Let's add another couple of clues:
9. I operate on the wrong side of the law, specialising in burglary.
10. I am often unsuccessful.
Clearly these are not descriptions of Baker Street's finest. Instead, all ten clues apply to one of Holmes's contemporaries, the thieving gentleman, A.J. Raffles. However, without the addition of 9 and 10, the parallels are remarkable. To further entwine the two, there was a family connection between the authors, as Raffles was created by E.W. Hornung, the brother-in-law of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Nevertheless, to simply condemn Raffles as nothing more than a slightly-warped rehash of Sherlock Holmes is to do both author and character a disservice.
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HASH(0x92526b88) out of 5 stars Holmes and Watson in reverse 27 April 2010
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As a longtime Sherlock Holmes fan who has read too many pastiches that don't capture the Conan Doyle spirit, I can't believe that I only recently heard of A.J. Raffles. Written by Conan Doyle's close friend and brother-in-law E.W. Hornung, the Raffles stories, about a master thief and his less talented partner and chronicler, manage to capture the spirit and the fun of the original Holmes stories. As with Holmes, we meet Raffles early in his career and see him go from amateur to master thief to...his own version of beekeeping on the Sussex Downs. Along the way Hornung takes a number of pokes at his brother-in-law, some subtle and some not so.

If you've read all of Conan Doyle's Holmes stories and want to read more, Raffles is the closest that I've found.
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HASH(0x920c9240) out of 5 stars Old-style mystery with a touch of the quaint and bizarre 4 Mar. 1999
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Ripping yarns with a strange homosexual subtext--Raffles' sidekick Bunny, who "fagged" for him at school, has a disturbing tendency to dress in women's clothing on the odd whim...
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