Raffles: Further Adventures of the Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung

Raffles: Further Adventures of the Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung

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Sophisticated mayhem from a master of crime fiction

Since his friend and partner in crime, A. J. Raffles, jumped into the Mediterranean, Bunny Manders has scraped along as best he can. At Raffles’s side, he was witness to, and participant in, the most ingenious burglaries the underworld had ever seen. Without him, Bunny is a struggling ex-convict, so down on his luck that he answers an ad seeking a male nurse and companion for a notoriously rude invalid. But when he lights the old man’s Sullivan cigarette and sees a perfect smoke ring float into the air, Bunny cries out in delight. Raffles is back, and ready for adventure.

In the second installment in E. W. Hornung’s crackerjack crime series, England’s greatest jewel thief is up to all of his old tricks and many ingenious new ones—none so spectacular as turning Queen Victoria herself into an accomplice.

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


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

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

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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.