This carefully crafted ebook: "A. J. Raffles, A Gentleman-Thief: 27 Crime Tales in One Volume" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents.A. J. Raffles is an 'amateur cracksman' and a gentleman-thief who with his wit and ingenuity befools everyone to get what he wants. Raffles is an antihero. Although a thief, he never steals from his hosts, he helps old friends in trouble, and in a subsequent volume he may or may not die on the veldt during the Boer War. Additionally, the recognition of the problems of the distribution of wealth is a recurrent subtext throughout the stories. Raffles is, in many ways, a deliberate inversion of Sherlock Holmes on which he is based – he is a "gentleman thief", living at the Albany, a prestigious address in London, playing cricket for the Gentlemen of England and supporting himself by carrying out ingenious burglaries. He is called the "Amateur Cracksman", and often, at first, differentiates between himself and the "professors" – professional criminals from the lower classes.Content:The Amateur CracksmanThe Ides of MarchA Costume PieceGentlemen and PlayersLe Premier PasWilful MurderNine Points of the LawThe Return MatchThe Gift of the EmperorThe Black Mask; or, Raffles: Further AdventuresNo SinecureA Jubilee PresentThe Fate of FaustinaThe Last LaughTo Catch a ThiefAn Old FlameThe Wrong HouseThe Knees of the GodsA Thief in the NightOut of ParadiseThe Chest of SilverThe Rest CureThe Criminologists' ClubThe Field of PhilippiA Bad NightA Trap to Catch a CracksmanThe Spoils of SacrilegeThe Raffles RelicsThe Last WordMr. Justice RafflesE. W. Hornung (1866–1921) was an English author and poet and also brother-in-law to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Hornung is known for writing the A. J. Raffles series about a gentleman thief based on a deliberate inversion of the Sherlock Holmes series. Hornung dedicated his creation as a form of flattery to Doyle.
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E. W. Hornung (1866–1921) based his iconic characters—the gentleman thief A. J. Raffles and his sidekick, Bunny Manders—on his friends Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas, as well as on his brother-in-law Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous literary creations: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. The eighth child of a Hungarian timber and coal merchant, Hornung was a prolific and popular author during his lifetime, publishing in a variety of genres.