- The Amateur Cracksman
Infobox short story |
name = The Amateur Cracksman
country = flagicon|United Kingdom
language = English
pub_date = 1899
The Black Mask
The Amateur Cracksman was the original
short storycollection by Ernest William Hornungfeaturing his most famous character A.J. Rafflesa gentleman thiefin late Victorian Great Britain. It was first published in 1899. The book was very well received and spawned three follow-ups, two more short story collections The Black Mask(1901), A Thief in the Night(1904) and a full-length novel Mr. Justice Rafflesin 1909.
Arthur Raffles is a prominent member of
Londonsociety, and a national sporting hero. As a cricketerhe regularly represents England in Test matches. He uses this as a chance to commit a number of burgalries, primarily stealing valuable jewellry from his hosts. In this he is assisted by his friend, the younger, idealistic Bunny Manders. Both men are constantly under the surveillance of Inspector Mackenzieof Scotland Yardwho is always thwarted in his attempts to pin the crimes on Raffles.
In the final story
The Gift of the Emperor, Raffles is called into service on behalf of the Foreign Officewho wish to recover a valuable pearl from a German diplomat staying in England.
The short stories included in the collection are:
*The Ides of March
*A Costume Peice
*Gentlemen and Players
*La Premier Pas
*Nine Points of the Law
*The Return Match
The Gift of the Emperor
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