I love this book. I shouldn’t say that because I don’t want to jinx sales, but this is my favorite to date. A few reasons: though it’s the longest Lucy/Sean book (128K words), it’s the fastest paced. It’s a race against time (which I love in books and movies) to find former DEA Agent Nicole Rollins who escapes in the first chapter. When I was writing it I didn’t realize how long it was … it didn’t feel long to me. But my initial draft was even longer … I trimmed
I also love it because both Kane Rogan and Jack Kincaid have important roles, but particularly Kane. His future love interest is introduced. (The next two Lucy books will feature Kane and Siobhan prominently … I don’t know how long it’ll take for Kane to come around, so don’t hold your breath.) I loved putting Kane and Sean on the page together … they have a backstory that I haven’t fully explored yet, but there’s a trust between them that isn’t there with Sean and Duke. Why? I’m not quite sure yet … but there are hints.
Lucy is in a really good place emotionally. It took her a long time to get to this point, but she earned it. 18 months have passed since Sean came into her life, and even with all the violence in NO GOOD DEED, Lucy’s inner balance has been restored. As she says, she’ll never be normal, but she’s okay with that.
And … I brought in Hans Vigo. He’s still struggling with some physical health issues (after STALKED) but it was really good to revisit him. Noah Armstrong has an appearance as well … and hint, hint, hint …. Noah will be a major character in Lucy #11. Can’t tell you why yet, but it’s completely organic to the story arc for these characters.
My mom read NO GOOD DEED (she’s my mom, she gets an early copy.) She thought it was more violent than my other books, but I don’t think so … certainly no more violent than SUDDEN DEATH. A lot of people die early on, but Nicole escaped from custody … people had to die for it to work. And she doesn’t have respect for human life, which will become evident as we learn about her backstory.
I love getting into the head of my bad guys, and Nicole is one of the more interesting bad guys I’ve written in awhile, at least to me. When I got into her head, I immediately knew why she did everything she did. It was a huge relief to me because sometimes digging around to find the truth is difficult. This time, it was all right there.
But one of my favorite things about this book is the theme — I never consciously write with a theme in mind. Since all my books are about crime and punishment, right and wrong, good guys and bad guys, I figure justice is the over-arching theme in everything I create. This book was a bit different because it’s so much about family — Nicole’s family compared to Lucy’s family. I didn’t even see the parallels until the end of the book, yet there they were.
Read on for some teasers … or don’t read on and just go get the book!