Good evening readers,
The Confluence in Denver is where Cherry Creek and the South Platte River come together, then continue on to join with the Mississippi River and empty out into the ocean in the Gulf of Mexico, some 2,500 miles away.
Today there is a park at that meeting place, with groomed paths and interpretation signs and a self-guided tour available for visitors to observe the flora and fauna that grows in this lush, well-watered area. A foot bridge crosses the river just above the Confluence, and visitors can look down at the jumbling waters as they mix, fight for supremacy, then serenely roll away down the riverbed.
In 1956, there was no park here. A vacant area, overgrown and littered with trash, this was an area mostly used by drunks and prostitutes. In Counterfeit Honor, this spot serves as a meeting place for our hero, Trevor McGonigle, and his underworld contacts. Trevor is a young cop caught up in a web of lies and blackmail who resorts to supplying information to the mob family of the day, the Smaldones, in exchange for the money needed to pay his blackmailer.
In addition to the area providing a safe and secluded meeting spot, the Confluence also serves to show the reader the juxtaposition of Trevor’s job and his circumstances. As a police detective, he’s supposed to uphold and enforce the law, yet he finds himself embroiled in the mob. The swirling waters mirror the forces working on Trevor — one, the mob, trying to pull him deeper into illegal activities, the other, a beautiful journalist lady, relying on him to prove himself a man of honor.
Later in the story, the Confluence becomes a symbol of Trevor’s is swept away from his current life and thrust into the life of the man he wants to be — a man of true honor, with nothing counterfeit in him.