Another Bertie book- this time with less focus on Bertie's personal problem of excess fat, and more on his personal problem of a lucrative summer job. He finally lands one that looks like a goldmine- too much so, thinks his father who is suspicious of the smooth Mr. Sleemish, with his raising money for wounded vets (and a handsome commission to Bertie as local representative). When Sleemish skips town, Bertie's father with the aid of the press and police, lures him back- and Bertie captures him at the railroad station. As in the earlier books, the boys in the story are realistically drawn, the situations not too unreal, and there's variety in plot with football mixed in with the swindle theme. Good here-and-now story about a popular-and not too glamorous- boy.