A. J. Raffles is an 'amateur cracksman' and a gentleman-thief who with his wit and ingenuity befools everyone to get what he wants. On the other hand, Dr. John Dollars is interested in solving criminal cases with his medical expertise – the precursor of our modern day medical mystery detectives!_x000D_ This edition includes: A Thief in the Night_x000D_ Out of Paradise_x000D_ The Chest of Silver_x000D_ The Rest Cure_x000D_ The Criminologists' Club_x000D_ The Field of Philippi_x000D_ A Bad Night_x000D_ A Trap to Catch a Cracksman_x000D_ The Spoils of Sacrilege_x000D_ The Raffles Relics_x000D_ The Last Word_x000D_ The Crime Doctor_x000D_ The Physician Who Healed Himself_x000D_ The Life-Preserver_x000D_ A Hopeless Case_x000D_ The Golden Key_x000D_ A Schoolmaster Abroad_x000D_ One Possessed_x000D_ The Doctor's Assistant_x000D_ The Second Murderer_x000D_ E. 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.