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Mr. Justice Raffles

E. W. Hornung

Book Overview: 

A. J. Raffles is a British gentleman thief of some renown who, in this, the hero's final adventure, ironically demonstrates a sense of morality by teaching a London East End loan shark a lesson. The book was later made into a movie, as well as a British television series

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .It's close quarters, Bunny; we shall have an expert eye upon us for some time to come. But I should rather enjoy that than otherwise, if only Teddy hadn't bolted in this rotten way."

Never had I known Raffles in so pessimistic a mood. I did not share his sombre view of either matter, though I confined my remarks to the one that seemed to weigh most heavily on his mind.

"A guinea to a gooseberry," I wagered, "that you find your man safe and sound at Lord's."

"I rang them up ten minutes ago," said Raffles. "They hadn't heard of him then; besides, here's his cricket-bag."

"He may have been at the club when I fetched it away—I never asked."

"I did, Bunny. I rang them up as well, just after you had left."

"Then what about his father's house?"

"That's our one chance," said Raffles. "They're not on the telephone, but now. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This book is rather like the curate's egg - good in parts. Yes, the London scene pre-World War I is well set and the action does, on occasions, move swiftly along but on other occasions the plot seems long drawn out and there are, consequently, lengthy spells of inactivity.

I do love Raffles as a cha

Fans of the amateur cracksman, A.J. Raffles, will likely want to read this final installment of his adventures. The change in format, though ... going from short stories to a novel ... works against it.

It is impossible not to sense the similarity in style between the Raffles stories and those of Co

I can see why the readers were disappointed when this novel first came out, but it's not bad really, just less of a typical Raffles theft story and somewhat drawn out. There's more place for character development though and I especially liked the rarity in a Victorian novel - a strong female charact

An interesting read....the very British phrases and words made it a tougher read than expected. His style of writing is unusual compared to most of the authors I have read before this. I missed some of the action and some of the play-on-words while winding my way through this book. But, it was a fas

First i want to say that A.J. Raffles and Harry "Bunny" Manders have the most beautiful friendship in book that i ever read! Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are have a beautiful friendship too but A.J. Raffles and Bunny friendship is on different level in my opinion. In this book, the story start wh

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