Raffles: The Amateur Cracksman

Raffles The Amateur Cracksman Gentleman thief Raffles is daring debonair devilishly handsome and a first rate cricketer In these eight stories the master burglar indulges his passion for cricket and crime stealing jewels from a

  • Title: Raffles: The Amateur Cracksman
  • Author: E.W. Hornung David Rintoul
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  • Gentleman thief Raffles is daring, debonair, devilishly handsome and a first rate cricketer In these eight stories, the master burglar indulges his passion for cricket and crime stealing jewels from a country house, outwitting the law, pilfering from the nouveau riche, and, of course, bowling like a demon all with the assistance of his plucky sidekick, Bunny EncouragedGentleman thief Raffles is daring, debonair, devilishly handsome and a first rate cricketer In these eight stories, the master burglar indulges his passion for cricket and crime stealing jewels from a country house, outwitting the law, pilfering from the nouveau riche, and, of course, bowling like a demon all with the assistance of his plucky sidekick, Bunny Encouraged by his brother in law, Arthur Conan Doyle, to write a series about a public school villain, and influenced by his own experiences at Uppingham, E W Hornung created a unique form of crime story, where, in stealing as in sport, it is playing the game that counts, and there is always honor among thieves.

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  • E.W. Hornung David Rintoul

    Ernest 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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  • the idea of raffles, the gentleman thief, obverse of the legendary sherlock holmes, gentleman detective (the creation of hornung's esteemed brother-in-law arthur conan doyle), thrills me. and i can't say i don't normally adore the idea of working outside the law to balance the scales of justice -- i watch timothy hutton's modern-day robin hood crew on leverage as often as possible. there is no doubt that raffles is in some ways the progenitor of this type of character but in reading the book i r [...]


  • January 2011Good news, Americans! You don't have to know anything about cricket to read and enjoy this!Meet A. J. Raffles: gentleman, independent bachelor, London man-about-town, champion cricketeer--er, cricketman--I mean, player-of-cricket--andief? Surely not! Surely so: how else could this gentleman of leisure afford to play poor man's baseball--I mean, cricket, sorry--whenever he likes? One must make money somehow, God wot, and Raffles' way is only slightly more dishonest than others. In thi [...]


  • Raffles and Bunny are two young gentlemen with large debts and no desire to work for a living. They turn to crime, specifically burglary, to continue to live their lives of idle luxury. The stories are clearly inspired by and partially parodies of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Raffles is cold, logical, and nigh-superhuman. Bunny is dim enough that the reader gets the pleasure of knowing more than he does and sniggering at all that he misses. It's got some casual racism typical of its time, and no [...]



  • Sherlock Holmes was written by Conan Doyle but his brother in law got sick of him & his ego going and on about Holmes so he decided to put pen to paper but instead of dective he created a Robin Hood style anti hero Raffles


  • The embodiment of fin de siècle decadence, dashing A. J. Raffles artfully commits crime for crime's sake. Bored with life as a master cricketer, Raffles turns to a life of crime to stifle his ennui -- and pad his purse. His conscience-bitten sidekick, Bunny, accompanies him as he burgles Victorian London's rogues, ruthless, and "rich and undeserving." In the eight short stories that make up Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman (1899), E. W. Hornung creates an anti-Sherlock Holmes -- a character who f [...]


  • Did not finish.A. J. Raffles must be just about THE most annoying character ever created. Narcisistic, and borderline psychopathic. And Bunny is a snivelling little wimp.Managed two and a half stories before throwing in the towel.


  • Raffles is such an appealing character that it is a wonder that no other writer has quite captured his spirit. He is one of a class of well-educated young nineteenth-century swells, fit for earning no living, having apparently inherited no fortune, yet expected to live like gentlemen of means. In an earlier age, younger sons or the sons of impecunious gentlemen would have ridden off to the Crusades, or crept into poor livings as clergymen. By the Victorian age, growing numbers of such boys had t [...]


  • It would be impossible to read "The Amateur Cracksman" -- the first of E.W. Hornung's books featuring gentleman thief A.J. Raffles and his sidekick and chronicler Bunny -- without comparing it to the Sherlock Holmes books. Hornung, after all, was Arthur Conan Doyle's brother-in-law, and he created Raffles as something of a reversal of Holmes -- a character as cunning as the famous detective, and as much a master of disguise, but prone to using his ingenuity to commit crimes rather than solve the [...]


  • Where to start? These stores are a sort of reverse Sherlock Holmes. The protagonist, a thief, takes the man who chronicles his adventures with him on his capers, and these stories are set in roughly the same time period and in mostly similar places. Whereas, however, Doyle wrote with wonderful flare and style, E. W. Hornung does not. The lines are flat and unengaging. Raffles is no Holmes. Though both share a penchant for keeping their friend in the dark in order to surprise the reader, his inte [...]


  • Raffles and Bunny are buddies! They are buddies with a complex setup though, since A.J. Raffles lead his old school chum Bunny (our narrator) into a life of “amateur” crime which forever complicates their lives. If nothing else, this is an interesting window into late 19th century England, where high class men gambled away everything they had and would rather steal than resort to work. Like many have pointed out, this is very like Holmes and Watson's dynamic, only applied to thieves rather [...]


  • I certainly liked the idea portrayed by Horning (Raffles 'The Gentleman Thief'), however for me there was never enough content, intrigue or character building of the protagonists within each internal affair. This was the first story from an Omnibus 'The Collected Raffles'. Hopefully, the next couple stories will deliver more.



  • Harry 'Bunny' Manders hasn't been enamoured with the way his life has been going. In fact, he wishes to end it all. He's in terrible debt, and unsure about his future. Enter Arthur J. Raffles, Bunny's old school chum from his public school days, an upperclassman whom he looks up to and respects. Over a simple game of baccarat, it is revealed that both of them are up to their necks in debt, and have not a penny between them. But this isn't the end of the road for Mr. Raffles. In fact, it marked a [...]


  • A.J. Raffles periodically re-surfaces as a classic character of popular fiction, and just as quickly drops out of sight again, exactly as E.W. Hornung frequently describes him doing in the 26 short stories and single novel that he devoted to Raffles - about half the output that Arthur Conan Doyle produced about Sherlock Holmes. Hornung, famously, was married to Conan Doyle's sister, and patterned his stories of the gentleman thief and champion cricketer Raffles, and his sidekick Bunny Mander, af [...]


  • This is an adventure. This is nonsense. This is (mainly) fun. It is limited and absurd. It is more a view of how people liked to imagine their society (as a place where people like this might exist) than it is a book that gives a view of a society as it once was.This edition has a wealth of footnotes, most of which seem right and useful (and some of which are one or the other and some, I think, neither).Definitely worth a look. Weak ending but overall very much a good read.


  • **edited 02/02/14The Raffles stories are basically the British version of Arsene Lupin: they feature a hyperintelligent Sherlock Holmes-like character who uses his skills to transgress the law rather than defend it. Raffles' adventures are rather more serious and straightforward than the often spoofy escapades of Lupin and his nemesis "Holmlock Shears." Like the Holmes stories, Raffles' adventures are narrated by a loyal and rather less intelligent sidekick. However, narrator Bunny Manders strik [...]


  • A.J. Raffles is a gentleman thief and first class amateur cricket player. With the narrator, his sidekick known as Bunny, he uses his position in society to liberate valuables from their owners. Hornung was Arthur Conan Doyle's brother-in-law. The book is dedicated to Conan Doyle and these stories certainly owe something to him, although Raffles is on the other side of the law to Holmes. The stories are fun and Raffles is an engaging character. From time to time he has to justify his dubious pro [...]


  • E.W. Hornung was Arthur Conan Doyle's brother-in-law, and although he is not nearly as well known as that luminary, he was quite popular in late Victorian and Edwardian times. Raffles is his most successful book, a collection of tales of a gentleman thief. The title character is dashing and debonair, not to mention a first-class cricket player. (Think David Niven as the Pink Panther and you've got an idea.) He steals jewels from foppish rich folk and outwits the slow-on-the-uptake law at every t [...]


  • I read the first story of the book, and was around half way through the second before I decided to give up - this book is irritatingly dull. Though the stories are short, Hornung still manages to pack them with hyperbole and filler; in fact the content of the plot could easily fit on one page. The rest of each story (the first two, at least) is filled with the narrator's constant surprise and shock at the less-than-shocking protagonist, Raffles. The exclamation marks, generously decorating each [...]


  • Always had a soft spot for the various gentlemen adventurers/detectives/thieves of the late 1800's/early nineteen hundreds.They were fun, living in a world of leisure, adventure, wealth and charming women that is no more realistic than Ian Flemming's England or pulp novels set in the old west.The two big gentlemen thieves of the time were Raffles and Lupin.While Lupin was the better of the two, more suave and tricky, Raffles had a reliable sidekick, a more low key style and was steeped in Britis [...]


  • E.W. Hornung dedicated this collection stories to his brother-in-law, Arthur Conan Doyle. That makes any comparison fair game between the team of Holmes and Watson to this pairing of Raffles and Harry "Bunny". The main difference is that Raffles is a burglar, helped by his sidekick Bunny. Bunny is often clueless about Raffles' plans and also reluctant to help. It isn't really very gentlemanly, you know. However, he definitely needs cash and isn't going to take a job, so he burgles alongside his [...]


  • A friend of mine introduced me to Raffles during my graduate-school days (daze?) at UCLA. EW Hornung was the brother-in-law of Conan Doyle; and Raffles, the criminal counterpart to Holmes (though Hornung "redeemed" him in his final adventure, gallantly defending the Empire).Raffles is not as striking a character as Holmes and his companion (Bunny) is not Dr. Watson but the stories are entertaining.


  • I love Raffles and his offsider Bunny. These guys are to crime what Sherlock Holmes is to solving crime! Interesting that the author, E.W. Hornung, was also Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's son-in-law; so it makes it extra-special in those stories where Raffles and Holmes come face-to-face. When you know this, the entire thing seems like a family joke.I'm not going to go into detail; suffice to say, that if you haven't read Raffles, you must. Your life is incomplete if you haven't.


  • Entertaining -- if not exactly moral -- tales of a gentleman burglar . . . written by Arthur Conan Doyle's brother-in-law! (It's a great pity they never got together and wrote "Sherlock Holmes Meets Raffles.") One can make a case that the stories effectively satirize the values of turn-of-the-century British society -- but even so, they're still pretty amoral.


  • Well that was a rum little thing. Holmes and Watson as thieves written by Conan Doyle's brother-in-law. Only they're not terribly good. Raffles is far from perfect. He's a bit of a lunatic. Bunny contributes almost nothing. It's all a bit of a mess. And yet the stories contain the bare-bones tropes if every heist movie and anti-hero thief story ever told.


  • 2.5* Enjoyable, light reading.(All comparisons to Sherlock fall flat in my opinion, though. Raffles is not a counterpart to the great detective - Moriarty already fills that bill.)I had expected the stories to be more complicated because of the comparison, but they're of a lighter tone altogether.


  • It lacks spark. Interesting only when compared (and found inferior) to Sherlock Holmes stories. I read the Raffles Redux annotated version and thought the notes were wonderful.


  • “Raffles”, che voi lo sappiate o no, è stato uno dei primi ladri gentiluomini della letteratura (precede di una quindicina di anni Arséne Lupin). Giocatore di cricket, estremamente raffinato nei modi ma totalmente al verde, ruba sia per necessità sia per sfida morale. Prima di tutto, devo dire quanto mi piace la casa editrice di questo libro. “CasaSirio” è un piccolo editore presente sul mercato da tre/quatto anni, ma che si è imposto subito con una grandissima personalità. Già so [...]


  • If Sherlock Holmes and Watson are a good detective and an assistant that is in justice side, Raffles and Bunny, is in the other side of justice since they are a thief (or should i say a gentleman thief) and his accomplish. The story is start when Bunny, who have a money problems come and asking for help to Raffles who unfortunately have the same problem. Then they planning to steal some of jewelry and sell it to clear up their money problem and that's when the adventure (of stealing and running [...]


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