A Philip Potter Story
On Christmas Eve in 1966, Philip Potter, a kind-hearted Smithsonian curator, wraps up his last-minute shopping. Meanwhile, James, 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.
First Edition published as After Christmas Eve by MLR Press, 2013.
Cat gives this one 5 Meows and a 1 Purr heat index...
The more Michael Rupered I read, the more I am hooked.
Set in the early 60's Phillip Potter is a gay man. He doesn't hide himself, but he doesn't t broadcast since it is illegal. He has been living with James, and ex-hooker that Phillip saved from the streets for several years. James has gone to his father for money to go to a prestigious ballet school and come back upset, and tired of the lies he has been living especially the ones to Phillip and took his life. On Christmas Eve.
Phillip was out getting more gifts for his nephew and the boys at the shelter while the tragedy at home took place, linking him to the death of another prostitute from the shelter.
Beau happens along and comes to Phillips rescue when he discovers that James has killed himself and insinuates himself into Phillips life. But is this a coincidence or more?
I loved everything about this story. There is a lot a lot going on. Lots of intriguing characters. A big mystery, and so many twists and turns. The ending is quite shocking as well.
If you like a good romantic suspense, compelling characters, twists and a great allover story set in the 60's, this is definitely for you! ( Now I'm off to read the next Phillip Potter story!)
A Philip Potter Story
Terrence Bottom wants to change the world. Little does he know the world is already changing, and his part in it won’t be what he expects. A prelaw student at Columbia University, Terrence’s interests range from opposing the draft and the war in Vietnam, to civil rights for gays, to anything to do with Cameron McKenzie, the rugged blond hanging around the Stonewall Inn. Too bad Cameron bolts whenever Terrence looks his way.
College dropout Cameron McKenzie left tiny Paris, Kentucky, with dreams of a career on Broadway. Although he claims to be straight, he prostitutes himself to survive. Now the Mafia is using him to entrap men for extortion schemes. He’s in over his head with no way out—at least not a way that doesn’t involve cement shoes and a swim in the Hudson.
Terrence finally confronts Cameron, and they return to the Stonewall Inn during another police raid. But this time the patrons aren’t going quietly. While Terrence sees his chance to stand beside his friends and stand up for his beliefs, Cameron sees the distraction of the riots as an opportunity to escape—even if it means walking away from the only man he’s ever loved.
1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, 2014.
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Cat gives this one 5 Meows with a 1 Purr heat index...
Even though this is a standalone story, I highly suggest you read No Good Deed first, so you understand who Terence and Phillip and Harold are. I truly think you will enjoy the story much better. I began the story then went back to about 20 percent and read No Good Dea and I really understood things so much more.
Phillip Potter took Terrence under his wing two years ago and now Terence is in college in New York studying law. He has made a few friends in the gay world, one of them a fancy Transgender called Kreema Dee Cropp. He has been watching a handsome callboy that works for the mob leader Frankie for a while and wanted to get to know him. One day Kreema and Cameron's paths cross just as he is about to tell Frankie he wants out which would result in death. She told him to go pray for a miracle, and he does. Later that night he meets Terrence, and things begin to unfold in a strange manner. Meanwhile, riots begin at the Stonewall Inn.
This is another great story by Michael Rupered. With so many unique characters and so many stories going on in one book. This time, there isn't such a mystery as a true historical event unfolds before us mixed with the lives of his fictional characters.I sat on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next. I loved the ending, and I am hoping for more Phillip Potter stories soon!
This is a must read if you like stories in the 60's, Historical events, unique characters.