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I truly wanted to like this book since I've long had "a thing" for Asian men. The cover, with it's somewhat mature-ish Asian guy-next-door model only added to the book's original appeal for me. Too, there was a time I avoided gay mysteries and gay police novels like the plague - until I discovered and read Josh Lanyon's books as well as the beautiful and achingly romantic FAITH AND FIDELITY by Tere Michaels. So lately, I've been more open to this genre and thought NO GOOD DEED with its cute Asian policeman would be a good fit for me.
Too bad. I was totally disappointed in my search for an Asian "hero" here. Instead, Daniel Chan turned out to be the worst kind of "anti-hero." And, sadly, I'm not sure that this factual and seemingly inescapable conclusion even occurred to the author.
One or two reviews here have alluded to the fact that Chan was imperfect. And THAT'S okay - we're ALL "imperfect." Further, all "heroes" are heroically imperfect - it's a required component of the mysterious equation which makes them heroes to begin with.
I can deal with that. Police Captain Chan fixes a ticket for a friend every now and again? I can deal with that. He looks the other way when two unhappily married men are "hooking up" discreetly behind some bushes in a public park? No big deal. The Captain ignores the few slot machines in the back room of a local bar? That certainly didn't disillusion my ultimate hero worship of Police Captain Renault in CASABLANCA; it wouldn't have bothered me here.
But Chan's flaws and dereliction of duty go way beyond this. I just cannot respect him; cannot feel any fondness for him because he proves himself to be no better than the corrupt kingpin he's trying to control.
His flagrant and thoughtless escapades - occasionally while on duty - with a known female prostitute were bad enough ... bad enough, in fact, to get himself into his first tangled, unethical web. Further, while attempting to justify these actions to his loosely-knit conscience, he basically ignores the guy about whom he SHOULD be caring. But even this - EVEN THIS - I could overlook had, in the end, Daniel Chan proven himself to be a "good" man.
But, instead, he chose another path. In order to protect his reputation within the Riceland, Texas Police Department AND to make an easy $250,000 excessive profit on the sale of his house, Chan makes the unconscionable decision to ignore and suppress proof-positive evidence that his political nemesis raped a 14 year old boy. In return, the so-called "bad guy" agrees to destroy photos with which he was attempting to blackmail Chan and agrees to pay the captain an extra quarter of a million dollars for his house (needed by the "bad guy" for a real estate development). The rapist gets away with egregious child sexual abuse AND gets to build his monumental airport project while Chan's departmental reputation is "safe" - except with us, the readers, who know what he's done and who see the slippery ethical slope upon which he is trying to forge and navigate a romantic longterm relationship with the innocent and unknowing Mark.
At the end of the story, Chan seems to have no regrets. I'm sorry; I can't even begin to think about this book in terms of "romance" because the scenario put forth by the author is so unpleasant, disappointing and ... unheroic.
A hero in a disastrous road bully incident, Mark has his own horrifying past. A victim of domestic violence, this gentle gay man is still struggling to heal.
Both men are wary of any relationship despite the felt attraction. For Mark understandably so as he fears to be touched. For Daniel it means coming out of the closet and what could be worse than a gay Asian cop.
I love a well narrated story and this is what I get in No Good Deed. Self deprecating, a trait ingrained from all the Chinese jokes, Daniel's narration is absorbing and engaging. And what I enjoy about his character is he is not the 100% goody-goody straight cop. He is practical and not afraid of deviating slightly from the straight path if it serves him. I enjoy the well thought out plot with its exciting moments. It is not the usual crime thriller and that is what makes this story unique. And I enjoy the growing relationship between Daniel and Mark. The writer has avoided the usual instant attraction and sex. Mark's problems are real. It takes time for him to trust again. And how could it be easy for Daniel when it is a huge step for a man who feels he is bisexual with a failed marriage behind him. Their love is convincing with its ups and downs. And even if this is Daniel's narration, Mark's hidden strength is a wonderful revelation. No Good Deed is one captivating narration as I read it straight through. Highly recommended!