A timeline is needed to assist my evaluation of this book. First three pages, I thought, "This is bad. I'm going to not read it," which was promptly followed by, on page four, "Whoa! This just got interesting." It stayed this way until page 128, where I concluded, "This was interesting, but now it's just too much of the same thing," and, seventy-one pages later, I was finished. The book was entertaining yet repetitive, but it was short enough that by the time it started getting dull I was twenty pages away from finishing.
The book is just a 199-page character sketch about a man that makes counterfeit documents and changes his identity frequently whenever his life gets complicated. Often, these complications are caused by accidental drug overdoses that are inflicted upon the main character when he tries to remedy some severe migraines that occur infrequently but, when they do, are incredibly painful and long lasting.
Such an overdose lands the protagonist in an evaluation with a psychiatrist, which is where the book takes place, alternating between flashbacks and real time. It's entertaining to read about how the forger's experiences molded him into the character he is and how his skills improved, and it's also amusing to read about the character's attempt to outwit the psychiatrist, but that's all the book is.
It's repetitive and ultimately unfulfilling, but it all happens so quickly that there's little time to complain. I'd recommend getting this book from a library or a friend, but it's not worth buying. As a first novel, it shows promise. Maybe in his next book, Craig Clevenger will write about a subject he knows well and it will be more interesting. Or maybe he'll write about robots, ninjas, and pirates fighting on the moon, which would also be interesting.