The Raffles Megapack: The Complete Tales of the Amateur Cracksman, plus Pastiches and Continuations

The Raffles Megapack: The Complete Tales of the Amateur Cracksman, plus Pastiches and Continuations

E. W. Hornung, John Kendrick Bangs

Language: English

Pages: 664

ISBN: 2:00190919

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This mammoth compilation of Raffles works presents 26 short stories—all the tales from the original 3 collections, The Amateur Cracksman, The Black Mask, and A Thief in the Night—plus the novel Mr. Justice Raffles. Also included are 20 additional, related stories by E.W. Hornung and John Kendrick Bangs (including the adventures of Raffles' son), plus introductions, book covers, and notes. Whether you're an established fan of the "amateur cracksman" or a newcomer to E.W. Hornung's classic gentleman-thief, you'll find something new and entertaining in this volume!

Included are:

THE IDES OF MARCH

A COSTUME PIECE

GENTLEMEN AND PLAYERS

LE PREMIER PAS

WILFUL MURDER

NINE POINTS OF THE LAW

THE RETURN MATCH

THE GIFT OF THE EMPEROR

NO SINECURE

A JUBILEE PRESENT

THE FATE OF FAUSTINA

THE LAST LAUGH

TO CATCH A THIEF

AN OLD FLAME

THE WRONG HOUSE

THE KNEES OF THE GODS

OUT OF PARADISE

THE CHEST OF SILVER

THE REST CURE

THE CRIMINOLOGISTS' CLUB

THE FIELD OF PHILLIPI

A BAD NIGHT

A TRAP TO CATCH A CRACKSMAN

THE SPOILS OF SACRILEGE

THE RAFFLES RELICS

THE LAST WORD

MR. JUSTICE RAFFLES

A VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS

THE BLACK HOLE OF GLENRANALD

"TO THE VILE DUST"

A BUSHRANGER AT BAY

THE TAKING OF STINGAREE

THE HONOR OF THE ROAD

THE PURIFICATION OF MULFERA

A DUEL IN THE DESERT

THE VILLAIN-WORSHIPPER

THE MOTH AND THE STAR

THE ADVENTURE OF THE DORRINGTON RUBY SEAL

THE ADVENTURE OF MRS. BURLINGAME'S DIAMOND STOMACHER

THE ADVENTURE OF THE MISSING PENDANTS

THE ADVENTURE OF THE BRASS CHECK

THE ADVENTURE OF THE HIRED BURGLAR

THE REDEMPTION OF YOUNG BILLINGTON RAND

THE NOSTALGIA OF NERVY JIM THE SNATCHER

THE ADVENTURE OF ROOM 407

THE MAJOR-GENERALS PEPPER-POTS

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Hornung was born in Middlesbrough, England, the third son and youngest of eight children of John Peter Hornung, who was born in Hungary. Ernest Hornung was educated at Uppingham School during some of the later years of its great headmaster, Edward Thring. Hornung spent most of his life in England and France, but in December 1883 left for Australia, arrived in 1884 and stayed for two years. There he worked as a tutor at Mossgiel station in the Riverina. Although his Australian experience was

“I can’t help it,” I muttered. “I must go through with the whole thing now.” “Why must you?” demanded Levy. “You’ve been led into a job that’s none of your business, on be’alf of folks who’re no friends of yours, and the job’s developed into a serious crime, and the crime’s going to be found out before you’re an hour older. Why go through with it to certain quod?” “There’s nothing else for it,” I answered, with a sulky resignation, though my pulse was quick with eagerness for what I felt was

three are classics of modern fantasy, precursors to works by Thorne Smith (Topper), Philip Jose Farmer (The Fabulous Riverboat), and many others. And all three feature Sherlock Holmes as a major character. Without doubt Bangs used Holmes in his work without Arthur Conan Doyle’s permission. Victorian-era writers often “borrowed” each others’ creations (there are more than 150 known additional “Alice in Wonderland” books from Lewis Carroll’s era, for example). Sherlock Holmes also fell victim,

have it.” “Well, then,” said he with that quick, nervous manner which proved him a true son of Sherlock Holmes, “did it never occur to you as an extraordinary happening, as you read of my father’s wonderful powers as a detective, and of Raffles’ equally wonderful prowess as a—er—well, let us not mince words—as a thief, Mr. Jenkins, the two men operating in England at the same time, that no story ever appeared in which Sherlock Holmes’s genius was pitted against the subtly planned misdeeds of Mr.

sitting together in the moonlight, in the charming little English garden at the rear of his dwelling, two persons, one of whom was his daughter Marjorie and the other a young American curate to whom he had already been introduced as A. J. Raffles. “‘We have met before, I think,’ said Raffles coldly, as his eye fell upon Holmes. “‘I—er—do not recall the fact,’ replied Holmes, meeting the steely stare of the homecomer with one of his own flinty glances. “‘H’m!’ said Raffles, nonplused at the

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