House painter Wayne Paschke and carpenter Randy Potts are the focal characters in this offbeat tale of counterfeit money and pyramid sales schemes. High school dropouts, now in their mid-30s, and with teenaged daughters they don't understand, Wayne and Randy yearn for a second chance at life and big bucks. Set amidst the affluence of northern California's fabled Marin County, this well-written first novel is both very funny and the darkest of fairy tales. Good characterization of both major and supporting players, particularly the daughters, plus a vivid sense of time and place for "blue collar" Marin County are strong points. However, the overly busy plot is, at times, not so well construed. An otherwise entertaining tale, recommended for most public libraries.
- James B. Hemesath, Adams State Coll. Lib., Alamosa, Col.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
A carpenter who is guarding $20 million in counterfeit bills uses the fake funds to upgrade his lifestyle while stashing the rest in the garage of a debt-ridden friend who is engaged in his own financial scheme. "The dichotomies of genuine vs. counterfeit, substance vs. surface are a bit overdrawn," suggested PW. "Still, Jones's gracefully written, often zany debut satirizes a culture in which the fake is worshipped as real."
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1991. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110140145311
Book Description Penguin Books, 1991. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0140145311
Book Description Penguin Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0140145311 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0025977