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A Thief in the Night

E. W. Hornung

Book Overview: 

Gentleman thief A.J. Raffles burgles his way through a series of homes in late Victorian England. A Thief in the Night is a short story collection and Hornung's third book in the Raffles series.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Nearer three, Bunny. It was after seven when I slung in with the Daily Mail. The milk had beaten me by a short can. But even so I had two very good hours before you were due."

"And to think," I murmured, "how you deceived me there!"

"With your own assistance," said Raffles laughing. "If you had looked it up you would have seen there was no such train in the morning, and I never said there was. But I meant you to be deceived, Bunny, and I won't say I didn't—it was all for the sake of the side! Well, when you carted me away with such laudable despatch, I had rather an uncomfortable half-hour, but that was all just then. I had my candle, I had matches, and lots to read. It was quite nice in that strong-room until a very unpleasant incident occurred."

"Do tell me, my dear fellow!"

"I must have another Sullivan—thank you—and a match. The unpleasant incident was steps outside and a key in the lock! I was disporting myself o. . . Read More

Community Reviews


As usual, great read. An adventure from beginning to end and i really love Raffles. He is adorable, sneaky, and just wonderful!

More Raffles tales, narrated by our stalwart, Bunny, with plenty of action, adventures, and near catastrophes. I am particular fond of the visit to the Black Museum, and an unexpected bit of closure for our dear Bunny.

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...more

Horning writing style is loquaciousness at its best.

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.

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...more

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...more

Note: Again, Good reads lost all my status updates while reading this book. Great job, Goodreads/Amazon.

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...more

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 thei...more

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