A Thief in the Night

A Thief in the Night

E.W. Hornung / Sep 18, 2019

A Thief in the Night The third installment in the irresistible adventures of A J Raffles the thief who gives crime a good nameFor weeks Bunny Manders has scoured the sporting papers looking for word of his vanished fri

  • Title: A Thief in the Night
  • Author: E.W. Hornung
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 140
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The third installment in the irresistible adventures of A J Raffles, the thief who gives crime a good nameFor weeks, Bunny Manders has scoured the sporting papers, looking for word of his vanished friend the cricketer, playboy, and gentleman thief A J Raffles A mysterious message lures Bunny to a darkened side street, where he finds Raffles in filthy clothes, with anThe third installment in the irresistible adventures of A J Raffles, the thief who gives crime a good nameFor weeks, Bunny Manders has scoured the sporting papers, looking for word of his vanished friend the cricketer, playboy, and gentleman thief A J Raffles A mysterious message lures Bunny to a darkened side street, where he finds Raffles in filthy clothes, with an unkempt beard The amateur cracksman has been lying low in the empty townhouse of a vacationing colonel what better place to take a Rest Cure He invites Bunny to stay with him, but when the colonel returns unexpectedly, the public school duo is forced to contemplate a crime beyond reason murder Pushed to the very brink of disaster, the quick footed Raffles recovers in style In these classic stories, England s most honorable thief and his loyal companion elude criminologists, cops, and ruthless professional villains, stealing whatever they want and doing it with flair This ebook features a new introduction by Otto Penzler and has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

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      • E.W. Hornung

        Ernest William Hornung known as Willie, was an English author, most famous for writing the Raffles series of novels about a gentleman thief in late Victorian London.In addition to his novels and short stories Hornung wrote some war verse, and a play based on the Raffles stories was produced successfully He was much interested in cricket, and was a man of large and generous nature, a delightful companion and conversationalist.


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    1. Note: Again, Good reads lost all my status updates while reading this book. Great job, /.We love our gentlemen thieves, don't we? Raffles is a noble thief, should one ever care to combine those two sentiments to describe someone who steals your stuff. If you don't have good jewelry or good silver/gold, you might be safe. But if you have a safe, be prepared for its cracking. Raffles is also a top-notch cricketer, though not really being familiar with that game, I don't quite get what he actually [...]


    2. And now I have to go back and read The Amateur Cracksman, because I started with A Thief in the Night, and I felt like I had missed half the story so far, and gentlemen thieves are just what I need to be reading more about.


    3. Raffles, the amateur cracksman, is “back” in this collection of short stories following his death at the end of the second collection. This is an accounting of tales that hadn’t been previously told due to the sensitivity of people involved. So, in a way, it is a bit like having that storage box of Watson’s contained at the bank except that we are allowed to browse as much as we like!Not unlike the Sherlock Holmes stories, the Raffles tales give a strong sense of both society and locati [...]


    4. 3.5 stars.I have few things to thank Tumblr for, but one of them is introducing me to Raffles and Bunny, a gentleman thief and his earnest assistant. A Thief in the Night, the third of the Raffles and Bunny books, collects a number of short stories detailing some of the activities of the two over a span of years.It's somewhat unfortunate that this book is never going to be able to avoid comparisons to Doyle's Sherlock Holmes books, both because of the author (he was Doyle's brother-in-law and de [...]


    5. At various times as a child when I was asked that old chestnut of a question about what I wanted to he when I grew up I would answer, "a gentleman thief." Suffice to say I grew up to be neither a gentleman nor a thief; but then again how many children who said they wanted to be an astronaut ever made it to space? Funny thing is, I never read any of E. W. Hornung's stories about Raffles, the original gentleman thief. I must have seen the film with David Niven in the lead role.I finally got around [...]


    6. A Thief in the Night is the third of the four Raffles books by E W Hornung. It fills in the gaps of the first two books with several mostly light-hearted short stories, several with an impish humour, and most with a feeling of nostalgia. One story, for example, has Raffles and Bunny visiting their old minor public school and re-enacting some of Raffles’ schoolboy exploits. Another has a supposedly dead Raffles visiting a museum in Scotland Yard that contains articles from his more famous crime [...]



    7. "A Thief in the Night," the third in the series of books about gentleman thief (or, in author E.W. Hornung's parlance, amateur cracksman) Raffles, is lighter and a bit more scattershot than its immediate predecessor -- and more fun as a result.In the third installment, most of the stories predate those in "Raffles: Further Adventures of the Amateur Cracksman," and Hornung doesn't attempt to interconnect them as much as he did the tales in the first two Raffles books. Still, any reader who picks [...]


    8. Perhaps it's the fact that I haven't read books in a while, and for the first time in forever I'm not taking English as a subject, or perhaps it's because the book is slightly old, I'm not sure. Even just on the 15th page, I found that my mind started to explode. An absolutely invigorating, captivating, challenging little thing; I had to leave my dictionary on one side, and a notepad on the other to take notes - the language is spectacular, and makes contemporary novels today seem like basic b*t [...]


    9. I wish I could give this book 3.5 out of 5, so let me round up to 4.'A Thief in the Night' is better than its precursor 'The Further Adventures of an Amateur Cracksmen', although I still feel it falls short by a long way of the Arsene Lupin Adventures by Maurice Leblanc. However, having researched which came first — Hornung's Raffels by about 15 years — I think it is fair to say that literary path was somewhat beaten and more easily travelled by the time Leblanc created Lupin.



    10. Completely guessable, but oh so fun! This is going to wrap up my 2013 reading- nice way to head out of the old and in to the new.





    11. Magnificent! Oh, how I love that dastardly Raffles! The charm of him even in the midst of the the most appalling deeds is enough to sweep any girl off her feet.


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