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 lifeand 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.
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my copy of this book. Philip stopped off at the homeless shelter to drop some presents off for the boys on his way home that Christmas Eve and finds himself the prime suspect in a murder. James, Philip’s lover of several years, puts a gun to his own head so as not to disappoint Philip. And two men enter Philips’ life, both with secrets, but only one is a killer. Oh, I LIKED this book! A lot! Set over Christmas and New Year, 1966/67, its told from everyone’s point of view. Philip, James, the victims, and the murderer. And I loved that! I really do love getting into the minds of the bad guys! We get a small history lesson on the attitudes of that time to the minorities, but not just same-sex couples, of black people and of women in the workplace. Law enforcement, especially. You don’t get the full picture straight away, not of the murders, not of James and just what he has been doing. It all comes out in dribs and drabs, just enough to keep you interested, to keep you on your toes, to keep you guessing who the murderer really is. There are some difficult points, reading wise, especially when you get into the mind of the mad man murdering these boys, and when you hear the stories, these boys have to tell. Of being thrown out of their homes at 15/16, just because they don’t like girls. It’s scary to think, that even 50 years later, this attitude still exists. It is clean, but that’s not a negative thing here. I think I enjoyed it more BECAUSE it’s clean, you know?? It does get a little…gory…when the murders are described, but not in very great detail, just enough, in my opinion. It’s billed as Philip Potter book 2, but I can’t find a book one. I should like to read it. It’s the first of this author I’ve read, I would, book one aside, likes to read more. 4.5 stars **same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble**