No Good Deed (Hardback)John Niven (author)
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Take him for a hot meal and see him on his way? Give him a lot more money than you usually would? Or take him in and try to get him back on his feet?
For Alan, there's no question - only natural that he'd want to see his old mate Craig off the streets, even if only for a few nights, and into some clean clothes.
But what if the successful life you've made for yourself - good job, happy marriage, lovely kids, grand Victorian house (you did well out of the property boom, thank you very much) - is one that your old pal would quite like to have too? Even if it means taking it from you?
Gradually, inevitably, mayhem ensues as Craig turns Alan's orderly household upside down, threatening to wreck Alan's life for good.
No Good Deed is a funny and painful examination of friendship; of the strange currents of ambition, loathing, pity and affection that flow between people over the decades; and of men getting older as they fail and succeed.
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 444 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 29 mm
No Good Deed is about the fall that waits one floor down for every male member of the chattering classes. Charles Dickens with a good strong dollop of Martin Amis and Quentin Tarantino - vintage Niven. Loved it. -- Rick Stroud
Niven is a master at probing dark, uncomfortable areas of the male psyche that most novelists - indeed, most men - would rather not have to deal with. * Scotsman *
Snort-in-public comic excellence ... One darkly humorous episode after another ... The fact that I had such a visceral reaction to this book is testament to Niven's great skill as a writer. He is a master of probing the dark, uncomfortable areas of the male psyche that most novelists - and indeed, most men - would rather not have to deal with ... No Good Deed always feels rooted in the real world, even in its most outrageously improbable moments. -- Roger Cox * Scotland on Sunday *
[A] riotous black comedy ... A deliciously readable morality tale about social climbing, this bursts with off-colour gags and satire of middle-class lifestyles. -- Anthony Cummins * Metro *
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