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Book reviews - The Amateur Cracksman

The Amateur Cracksman


Author: E. W. Hornung
A. J. Raffles The Gentleman Thief Series contains 26 short stories and one full length novel as follows:

The Amateur Cracksman (8 short stories)
The Black Mask (8 Short Stories)
A Thief in the Night (10 short stories)
Mr. Justice Raffles (A Novel)


These crime and adventure stories were written by E. W. Hornung.

The story centers around A. J. Raffles, who is a cricketer and gentleman thief in late Victoria London.

The character of Raffles has been adapted into Raffles television series.

Ernest William Hornung (1866 – 1921),known professionally as E. W. Hornung, was a journalist, poet and English writer. His best known writing was the A. J. Raffles series of novels about a gentleman thief in late 19th century London.

Born on 7 June 1866 in Middlesbrough, England, he was the youngest son of John Peter Hornung. He married Constance ("Connie") Aimée Monica Doyle (1868–1924), the sister of his friend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on 27 September 1893.

US publication: 1899
Detective: n/a
Genre: n/a