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Comments for A Jolly Good Fellow

A Jolly Good FellowA Jolly Good Fellow: 10/27/08

A Jolly Good Fellow by Stephen V. Masse is a Christmastime kidnapping caper. It is the Winner of the Silver Medal in the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards Best Fiction — U. S. Northeast Region

More than anything, A Jolly Good Fellow reminds me of an updated version of "The Ransom of Red Chief" by O. Henry (1910). In Masse's version, there is only one kidnapper and the boy is actually a sweet kid even if he tries to put on a tough guy act.

The novel centers around Duncan, the kidnapper (and freelance corner Santa), and Gabriel, the boy he has kidnapped. There are a few other minor characters but they are mostly there as window dressing for the unusual friendship that develops between Duncan and Gabriel.

A Jolly Good Fellow is a short (203 pages) and entertaining, off beat novel. It can easily be enjoyed over the course of a weekend or carried along to read in quick bursts.

Visit Stephen V. Masse's website.

Read other reviews at Book-a-Rama, Julie's Jewels, Heidi's Books, Keep This on the DL, Bogormen, Blog Literarily, Musings of a Bookish Kitty.

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Comment #1: Tuesday, October, 28, 2008 at 08:50:44

Tracee

Thanks so much for being part of Stephen's tour - glad you enjoyed the book!"



Comment #2: Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 11:51:44

Pussreboots

You're welcome. It was fun.