Please welcome Michael Rupured with
No Good Deed
On Christmas Eve in 1966, Philip Potter, a kind-hearted Smithsonian curator, wraps up his last-minute shopping. Meanwhile, his lover of several years takes his own life back in their home. Unaware of what awaits him, Philip drops off gifts at a homeless shelter, an act of generosity that will later make him a suspect in the murder of a male prostitute.
Following James’s shocking death, two men enter Philip’s life—and both drive yellow Continentals. One of them, though, is a killer, with the blood of at least six hustlers on his hands. And both are hiding something.
As Philip is about to discover, no good deed goes unpunished.
What’s In a Name?
Thanks for the opportunity to talk about No Good Deed, my first release from DSP Publications and the second Philip Potter Story. It’s an historical mystery/thriller prequel to Until Thanksgiving, the first book in the series. The series can be read in any order. A second edition of the third book (Happy Independence Day) will be released by DsPP in July.
No Good Deed was originally published by MLR Press (2013) as After Christmas Eve. Notice the holiday titles? That’s why Holiday Tales appears as the series title on some versions of Until Thanksgiving and Happy Independence Day. Thanksgiving and Independence Day work well enough, but Christmas in the title created expectations for a different kind of story than I wrote.
When the opportunity to publish a second edition arose, I wanted a title more suggestive of the story. I tried on half a dozen different titles before settling on No Good Deed. Yes, there are a hundred novels with the same name, but it fit my story to a tee.Phillip Potter is the main character. He acquired quite a few fans for his supporting role in Until Thanksgiving, including me. Kind, caring, and committed to helping others, Philip alludes to a past lover who had committed suicide thirty years earlier. No Good Deed begins with the moments leading up to the suicide and the generous act that makes him a murder suspect.
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Michael Rupured writes “stories true enough for government work.” He grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and, since 1998, has lived in Athens, Georgia. He’s an avid fan of SEC sports—especially Georgia football, Kentucky basketball, and women’s gymnastics. He enjoys running, working out at the gym, and playing with his long-haired Chihuahuas, Tico and Toodles. He joined the Athens Writers Workshop in 2010 and has since published Until Thanksgiving (2012), Happy Independence Day (2014 Rainbow Award runner up for historical fiction), Whippersnapper (2016), and No Good Deed (released by MLR Press as After Christmas Eve in 2013). Visit his blog, follow him on Twitter and Facebook, or send an email message.
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