Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Amateur Cracksman by E.W. Hornung


"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. 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."

My thoughts:

I enjoyed these stories, especially as Raffles eludes capture through various disguises and travel changes. I also noticed the similarities between Raffles and Holmes and Bunny and Watson. Like Watson with Holmes, Bunny is often miffed at the way Raffles doesn't share the plan and expects him to know what to do.

Date finished: 1/18/2007
Book No.: 6
Rating: 3* = good
Genre: Fiction

ISBN-10: 0881843598
ISBN-13: 978-0881843590
Publisher: Carroll and Graf
Year: 1988, originally published in 1899
No. of pages: 240
Binding: Paperback

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