A. J. Raffles is a character created by E. W. Hornung
who chronicled the adventures of Raffles and his sidekick
The epitome of a british gentleman: daring, stylish and one of the
greatest cricketers in England, Raffles is courted by the creme
de la creme and invited to stay in the homes and mansions of the rich
and wealthy. But he is also a master of disguise and a burglar of
considerable skill, robbing
the houses he visits, always somehow managing to avoid suspicion.
The character of Raffles could easiest be summed up as 'Sherlock
Holmes on the wrong side of the law'. He is very resourceful, never
panics and able to remain calm in the most troubled situations. He
also has a great sense of style, some things are simply not done,
'not cricket'. Raffles steals not out of neccessity, for he could
easily live a good life off his reputation, but because risk is an
important spice to his life.