THE COLUMBUS CANNON by Herbert Best

THE COLUMBUS CANNON

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Turning again to Jamaica- present day this time (see Diane and Not Without Danger for period pieces) this exhibits Best's finest characteristics- high color, personality and activity. Gil Perrine, an American boy whose father buys and repairs estates, is in Jamaica to see to his inheritance, the old Perrine place near Kingston. At a resort hotel he runs into peppery, English Archie and his sister Henrietta- and out of money, or so he thinks. So Gil, his father gone, moves to Perrine Hall and starts housekeeping with more than lively help from Archie and Henrietta, and he has suspicions of Crief, the overseer of the estate's small sugar plantation. The kids have a swell three-cornered time. For Archie there is the repair of a 1910 Lanchester found at the Hall; for Henrietta a remarkable discovery- a cannon from one of Columbus' ships found in the waters in front of the house; and for Gil fishing, the lore of the place and the discovery of Crief's attempts to usurp him of his rights. Fresh, exotic and better than average young fiction, this should bring its excitement.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1954
Publisher: Viking