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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

A Thief in the Night features Bunny as the narrator as he describes additional adventures that had been previously omitted from various points in their criminal careers. While all stories are largely self-contained and could be independently read, the final two stories take place after Raffles and B

Bunny cuts the apron-strings and goes alone a lot in this one - which sadly means a little less of the sizzling dialogue between them. The stronger stories are in the front half of the book and I felt it was a bit lighter on the period detail that I have come to love ('we got this hansom...it was li

This was another grouping of short stories featuring A.J. Raffles and Harry "Bunny" Manders. These stories take place in-between and around the other two books. I continued to enjoy the relationship between Bunny and Raffles. Bunny is an interesting character because he enjoys the high from committi

A Thief in the Night (A.J. Raffles, The Gentleman Thief #3) by E.W. Hornung

E.W. Hornung (1866-1921), was the brother-in-law of Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of the world’s greatest detective, Sherlock Homes. It’s believed that Hornung took up writing to tweak the nose of his brother-in-law.
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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 of

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.

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 or

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