Do you want stories of derring-do, danger and nerve, and a sense of having accompanied the hero, then Raffles is for you.
The author EW Hornung was a friend of Conan Doyle's and later his brother-in law. But where Sherlock Holmes was a creation of unimpeachable integrity, Raffles is a gentleman thief! However, sympathy is drawn to Raffles because of his many virtues, and a sense that he is also being hounded by nasty elements which must be overcome. He is a match for Sherlock Holmes in gallantry and loyalty, and perhaps more likeable. His crimes are delicious fun.
The author writes intelligently, making plain some of the motivations and human weaknesses of the hero Raffles and his faithful lieutenant. And like life, the stupid, the tragic and the unexpected all intervene, rather like difficult waves for the heros to navigate. Both thrilling and believable, you feel you are there. The stories move quickly and leave you hanging around for more! Effortless fun and perfect relexation.
It deserves 5 stars.
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