A Thief in the Night by E. W. Hornung

A Thief in the Night by E. W. Hornung

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The third installment in the irresistible adventures of A. J. Raffles, the thief who gives crime a good name

For weeks, Bunny Manders has scoured the sporting papers, looking for word of his vanished friend—the cricketer, playboy, and gentleman thief A. J. Raffles. A mysterious message lures Bunny to a darkened side street, where he finds Raffles in filthy clothes, with an unkempt beard. The amateur cracksman has been lying low in the empty townhouse of a vacationing colonel—what better place to take a Rest Cure? He invites Bunny to stay with him, but when the colonel returns unexpectedly, the public school duo is forced to contemplate a crime beyond reason: murder.

Pushed to the very brink of disaster, the quick-footed Raffles recovers in style. In these classic stories, England’s most honorable thief and his loyal companion elude criminologists, cops, and ruthless professional villains, stealing whatever they want—and doing it with flair.

This ebook features a new introduction by Otto Penzler and has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.


“One of the most remarkable triumphs of the late nineteenth-century Romantic imagination.” - C. P. Snow

“There are few finer examples of short-story writing in our language than these.” — Arthur Conan Doyle

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A. J. Raffles has served as inspiration for numerous films, the earliest of which was made in 1905. The adaptations and spinoffs that followed included two silent American films and two with sound. 1930's Raffles gave the familiar character a comedic role, and F. Scott Fitzgerald is rumored to have worked on the script of the 1939 film of the same name. There have also been two made-for-TV films (Raffles, 1975 and The Gentleman Thief, 2001) and a television series based on the character.