|Now||2019||Previous||Articles||Road Essays||Road Reviews||Author||Title||Source||Age||Genre||Series||Format||Inclusivity||LGBTA||Portfolio||Artwork|
Counterfeit Gentleman: 11/03/08
Counterfeit Gentleman by Clarence Budington Kelland was first serialized in the Saturday Evening Post from May 26 through July 7, 1956 as the "Counterfeit Cavalier." It's status as a serial goes a long way to explain the choppy nature of the narrative.
The basic plot is a standard Kelland romance between Annlee "Jick" Roche and Artemus Baldwin. Jick is a "slick chick" (p. 2) and Artemus is a confidence man. In the middle of all of this is a counterfeit ring of both Canadian and American bills.
The book reads like an episode of CSI Miami if it were to go on location to Arizona. It suffers from the same bizarre jumps of logic, clumsy plotting and wooden dialogue. I normally enjoy Kelland's novels but not this one. Counterfeit Gentleman even with a re-read has left me scratching my head.