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At Large by Ernest William Hornung

At Large by Ernest William Hornung is a gripping detective novel that takes readers on a thrilling journey through the underworld of crime and deception. Set in the early 20th century, the story follows the adventures of A.J. Raffles, a gentleman thief with a sharp wit and a penchant for high-stakes heists.

From the very first page, Hornung captures the reader's attention with his vivid descriptions and fast-paced narrative. The plot is intricately crafted, with unexpected twists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end. Hornung's attention to detail is commendable, as he paints a rich and evocative picture of London during this time period, immersing readers in its atmospheric setting.

The protagonist, A.J. Raffles, is a fascinating character who defies expectations. He is well-spoken, charming, and seemingly refined, traits that make him the perfect disguise for his true identity as a thief. Hornung does an excellent job of presenting Raffles as a morally ambiguous figure, simultaneously making readers root for him while also questioning his actions.

The supporting characters in At Large are equally well-drawn, each with their own unique personalities and motivations. From Bunny Manders, Raffles' loyal accomplice, to the various members of the criminal underworld, each character adds depth and complexity to the story. Hornung masterfully crafts subtle relationships and alliances, further enhancing the intrigue and suspense.

One aspect that stands out in At Large is Hornung's skillful portrayal of the cat-and-mouse game between Raffles and his nemesis, Inspector Mackenzie. The dynamic between these two characters is captivating and adds a layer of tension to the story. Mackenzie, determined to bring Raffles to justice, is relentless in his pursuit, while Raffles, always one step ahead, manages to evade capture at every turn. This thrilling cat-and-mouse chase adds a thrilling element to the overall narrative.

While At Large is primarily a crime novel, it also explores deeper themes of loyalty, friendship, and the blurred line between good and evil. Hornung's nuanced exploration of these themes adds depth and substance to the story, making it more than just a straightforward crime caper.

Overall, At Large is an engaging and thoroughly enjoyable detective novel that keeps readers hooked from start to finish. Ernest William Hornung's masterful storytelling, well-developed characters, and clever plot twists make this a must-read for fans of the genre. Whether you're a fan of crime fiction or simply looking for an entertaining read, At Large delivers on all fronts.

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AT LARGE

AT LARGE

A NOVEL

BY E. W. HORNUNG

CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS NEW YORK::::::::::::::::: 1902

COPYRIGHT, 1902, BY CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

All rights reserved

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY, 1902

TROW DIRECTORY PRINTING AND BOOKBINDING COMPANY NEW YORK

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