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Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni
Animal Attraction by Jamie Ponti
The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
Atlantis Gate by Greg Donegan
Best-Loved Art From American Museums by Patricia Failing
Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Counterfeit Gentleman by Clarence Budington Kelland
Evidence of Love in a Case of Abandonment by M. Rickert
Falling Angel by Eugene Mirabelli
Fatal Vows by Joseph Hosey
Finders Seekers by Gayle Greeno
A Foreign Country by Wayne Wightman
Gentle Giant Octopus by Karen Wallace
It's About Your Friend by Phillip Scott
Leave by Robert Reed
The Liar by Stephen Fry
Love and Sand by Howard M. Layton
Mort by Terry Pratchett
The Only Known Jump Across Time by Eugene Mirabelli
Pinkalicious by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann
Planetesimal Dawn by Tim Sullivan
Requiem of the Author of Frankenstein by Molly Dwyer
Ring of Hell by Matthew Randazzo V
The Scarecrow's Boy by Michael Swanwick
Strike Anywhere by Dean Young
Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
Waiting for the Barbarians by J. M. Coetzee
Walking the Rainbow by Richard René Silvin
The World I Imagine by Debbie Jordan
Za-Za's Baby Brother by Lucy Cousins


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Comments for Counterfeit Gentleman

Counterfeit GentlemanCounterfeit 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.

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