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Raffles: The Gentleman Thief by [Foreman, Richard]
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  • File Size: 876 KB
  • Print Length: 47 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (February 23, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 23, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007CS7WJU
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this is a modern continuation of the 1900's mystery series and i think the author wasted his time. while his writing style is OK, the plot is paper thin (Raffles is forced to steal something for Sherlock Holmes.... ) and the author has conveniently ignored the fact that in the original canon, Raffles ,wracked by guilt, enlists in the Boer War and commits suicide by standing up in his foxhole.
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This novella brings Raffles back to life in a witty and authentic way. It has all the adventure and charm of the original stories but with a very distinct modern touch from Foreman. Concise, it's a perfect short read for a journey and it will have you laughing out loud, as well as wanting more (there is a teaser chapter for the second book at the end of the first). There are a number of literary references littered throughout the text but, like the original stories by Hornung, Raffles: The Gentleman Thief aims to be good old fashioned entertainment - and succeeds.
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A fan of Sherlock Holmes? Read E. W. Hornung's stories about the gentleman thief A. J. Raffles and his trusty sidekick Bunny, written lovingly and tongue-in-cheek by Conan Doyle's friend and brother-in-law. A fan of Sherlock Holmes and Raffles? Read Raffles: The Gentleman Thief, by Richard Foreman, because it is the perfect fandom mashup, as we fans would put it.

This new original story by Foreman sees our favorite amateur cracksman Raffles - famous cricket player by day, infamous jewel thief by night - hired by none other than Baker Street's most famous detective Sherlock Holmes. He is, of course, to steal something, a job Holmes characteristically just cannot be bothered with himself. Readers of Hornung's Raffles stories may have wondered where Holmes fits into this universe, if at all. Surely London's most famous thief wouldn't go unnoticed? In the BBC Raffles radio plays Holmes exists in an offhand comment, and in the TV series, Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character in a book, which is obviously a reference for laughs. But in Foreman's short story he is very real. In fact, Holmes finds him more of a useful asset than a threat. Remember that Holmes never particularly cared for morals or political games, and that is exactly what saves Raffles when he is offered a job he cannot resist.

Foreman manages to write in the same spirit and atmosphere as the original Raffles stories, complete with Victorian foggy London, dirty alleys and the frivolous way of upper class life that Raffles despises and yet entertains so easily. He even adds a bit of social awareness, and perhaps a few observations about modern society too; with comments on growing tourism and the popularity of Madam Tussuad's wax museum on Marylebone Street.
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Terrible characterization, no motivation given whatsoever, we are expected to simply believe someone is charming because they are said to be charming yet given no basis to like the character whatsoever . His cohort just seems a slavish adorer and whoever is writing these seems to have a very poor view of human nature . Again not just a letdown but made me feel a little bit ill that these were characters being held up as worthy in any way.
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