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The Amateur Cracksman

The Amateur Cracksman by Ernest William Hornung
By: (1866-1921)

“I’d tasted blood, and it was all over with me. Why should I work when I could steal? Why settle down to some humdrum uncongenial billet, when excitement, romance, danger and a decent living were all going begging together” – A. J. Raffles, The Ides of March.

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THE AMATEUR CRACKSMAN

BY

E. W. HORNUNG

TO A. C. D. THIS FORM OF FLATTERY

THE AMATEUR CRACKSMAN

CONTENTS

THE IDES OF MARCH A COSTUME PIECE GENTLEMEN AND PLAYERS LE PREMIER PAS WILFUL MURDER NINE POINTS OF THE LAW THE RETURN MATCH THE GIFT OF THE EMPEROR

THE IDES OF MARCH

I

It was half past twelve when I returned to the Albany as a last desperate resort. The scene of my disaster was much as I had left it. The baccarat counters still strewed the table, with the empty glasses and the loaded ash trays. A window had been opened to let the smoke out, and was letting in the fog instead. Raffles himself had merely discarded his dining jacket for one of his innumerable blazers. Yet he arched his eyebrows as though I had dragged him from his bed.

"Forgotten something?" said he, when he saw me on his mat.

"No," said I, pushing past him without ceremony. And I led the way into his room with an impudence amazing to myself.

"Not come back for your revenge, have you? Because I'm afraid I can't give it to you single handed... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 3 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - December 3, 2014
Subject: The Amateur Cracksman
Well read, but a good story? The jury is still out on this one.


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