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In For A Penny: In For a Pounding by Kregg P.J. Jorgenson is the story of an English university lecturer, Thomas Rayne, who becomes frustrated with his meager lifestyle in a 9-5 job that barely affords him a decent living. His wife, who covers most of their expenses, decides that she is tired of their mediocre existence and his lackluster approach to life and divorces him. Now living in a studio apartment and eating microwaved noodles every night, he starts dabbling in unscrupulous behavior, selling better grades to his students. Later, his underhanded activities come to light after a sexual harassment complaint. The university dismisses him, and he decides to use his knowledge of English literature and his practice in calligraphy as a child to forge signatures of the great literary writers on old copies of their books and sell them to collectors. Rayne had found his calling and perhaps also his ending.
In For A Penny by Kregg P.J. Jorgenson is a brilliant novel that captivated, amused, and engaged me. Rayne’s wit and literary knowledge help him find and sell his works of forgery to the highest bidder, eventually setting him up in a lavish condo in New York and rubbing shoulders with Hollywood stars and influencers. Rayne’s enthusiasm and awe of these great authors often made me forget about his illegal activity of forgery; I was entirely mesmerized by Rayne’s adventures and findings, especially toward the end. In For a Penny is one of the best novels I’ve read. It is imaginative and original. The story was fluid, well-written, and entertaining, and the main character Rayne is humorous and charming. The conversations were easy, natural, and quirky. Overall, In For a Penny is a stunning novel.