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Book Title: The Collected Raffles (Everyman's Library (Paper))|
The author of the book: E.W. Hornung
Edition: Everymans Library
Date of issue: December 15th 1993
ISBN 13: 9780460873932
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I say, old sport, we had a devil of a time tracking this one down, didn't we?
Harry "Bunny" Manders was about to blow his brains out over a gambling debt, until his old school-chum A. J. Raffles, famous cricketer and popular London man-about-town, talked him out of it and offered to help him get the cash. So they robbed a jewelry store together, and thus began a long, and fairly successful, career in crime. Gentlemen bachelors by day, gentlemen thieves by night, no lock or safe could stop them. Hide your treasures! Raffles and Bunny are on the loose!
A. J. Raffles and Bunny were the creation of E. W. Hornung, brother-in-law of Arthur Conan Doyle of Sherlock Holmes fame. This edition brings together the three Raffles collections in one volume:
Raffles: The Amateur Cracksman contains eight stories, detailing the pair's earliest adventures, from Bunny's first brush with crime ("The Ides of March") to their capture aboard an ocean cruise and Raffles's supposed death by drowning ("The Gift of the Emperor"). Other stories involve Raffles and Bunny attempting to rob a famous diamond hunter, the theft of a diamond necklace from a country manor, the tale of Raffles' first crime, and several others. Eight stories total.
The Black Mask occurs some time later, with Bunny released from prison and a much-diminished Raffles returned to Britain, still presumed dead. This time their crimes are less daring, though no less cheeky, as Raffles steals a cup of gold and sends it to the Queen, hoodwinks a jeweler, outwits another thief, fakes his death again, and finally finds redemption for his crimes in South Africa during the Boer war. Eight stories.
Popular demand brought back Raffles in A Thief in the Night, although Hornung, refusing to change the ending of The Black Mask, added some new stories to the canon which were omitted from the first two collections. From Bunny's solo attempt to rob the house of an old flame, to Raffles' daring bank robbery from the inside; outwitting a club of amateur criminologists; a trap that nearly catches them both; and other scrapes and near-misses, including a daring uphill bicycle chase. Ten stories.
The Amateur Cracksman was a very lucky find at a favorite secondhand bookstore, and I was so charmed by Raffles and his exploits that I made some effort to hunt down the rest of the stories. Took some searching, but I managed to find a nice Everyman edition. No luck finding the novel Mr. Justice Raffles yet, but I've been lazy. Hopefully your efforts to read Hornung are as fruitful as mine--after all, who doesn't enjoy good Victorian-era crime fiction?
And now, on to Sherlock Holmes!
See also: The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime
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Read information about the authorErnest William Hornung known as Willie, was an English author, most famous for writing the Raffles series of novels about a gentleman thief in late Victorian London.
In addition to his novels and short stories Hornung wrote some war verse, and a play based on the Raffles stories was produced successfully. He was much interested in cricket, and was "a man of large and generous nature, a delightful companion and conversationalist".
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