“Faking it” is what happens when a charming con-man, Davy “sex-on-legs” Dempsey, meets his match in Tilda Goodnight -- a reformed forger of famous art works. Add to this cast the other Goodnights -- Tilda's cross-dressing brother-in-law, Andrew; split-personality sister, Eve/Louise; her mother, Gwen, a crossword puzzle addict, and precocious niece, Nadine -- in a plot which involves art fraud, embezzlement, murder, arson and romance, and you'll understand how Jennifer Crusie created a madcap story which offers her readers the most fun they've had in ages.
This report prepared by Alison
St. Martin's, Aug 2002, 24.95, 352 pp.
Matilda Goodnight is so good at copying the grandmasters that if she did not sign with her own name, professionals would have trouble separating the original from the copy. Her niece sixteen year old Nadine sells a fake “Scarlet” painting that Tilda was not planning to release to the public because the family art gallery has gone straight since grandpa died. Not only has the selling of a “Scarlet” painting placed the gallery in jeopardy, the artist Tilda could spend time in prison for forgery. Tilda knows she must steal back the incriminating painting from a Ms. Lewis.
Former con artist Davy Dempsey learns how a mark feels when his financial advisor Rabbit Abbott embezzles millions from him, giving the money to Clea Lewis. Davy decides to steal back his money from his former girlfriend.
As Davy and Tilda trip over each other with fumbled burglaries, they get stuck in a closet to avoid being caught. Soon they team up to abet one another in reacquiring their assets from Clea, but neither one expected that collaboration to lead to love.
New York Times best selling author Jennifer Crusie shows why she is so popular with a contemporary screwball romantic comedy. The amusing story line engages the audience through the bantering between the lead couple as each tries to outwit the other while attempting to accomplish their primary goal. The support cast is a delight as they augment the antics of the lead duet. No reader will claim Ms. Crusie is FAKING IT as she once again provides a humorous original tale.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner