<ul> <li>This edition includes the following editor's analysis: <i>Can Arthur J. Raffles be compared to Sherlock Holmes?</i></li></ul><br />Originally published in 1898, “The Amateur Cracksman” is a short story collection by E. W. Hornung, and the first one featuring his most famous character, A. J. Raffles, a gentleman thief in late Victorian Great Britain.<br /><br />In this collection, Hornung presents criminal A.J. Raffles as his ignoble hero. “The Amateur Cracksman” follows the exploits of Raffles as he robs Victorian High Society of their riches. A renowned cricket player and London socialite, Raffles is secretly an ingenious master of thievery and disguise. Assisted by friend <i>Bunny</i> Manders and in constant pursuit by Scotland Yard, this gentleman thief’s escapades are as compelling as they are dastardly.<br /><br />“The Amateur Cracksman” was very well received and spawned three follow-ups (two short story collections and one novel, <i>all published by ePembaBooks</i>) where Arthur J. Raffles appears:<ul> <li>“The Black Mask” (1901, 8 short stories)</li> <li>“A Thief in the Night” (1905, 10 short stories)</li> <li>“Mr. Justice Raffles” (1909, novel)</li></ul>
Acerca de E. W. Hornung
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.