Baseball Man

Genre: Mystery, Romance, Romantic Suspense Thriller

For Fans Of

Josh Lanyon, Harlan Coben, James Lear, Marshall Thorton, Santino Hassell

Book Summary

When Vinnie says he’ll help, he means it, even if it kills you.

Generosity has limits. Neighbors have boundaries. Vinnie Briggs ignores these details with fatal consequences.

Vinnie is in San Francisco, away from his husband, a professional bodybuilder based in NYC. With only a homeless ex-ballplayer and a Boston Terrier for company, Vinnie is lonely and miserable until two women move next door. They seem to have the perfect relationship, and their pregnancy inspires Vinnie. Acting like a good neighbor, he offers to help with the baby, stand in as a father figure in place of the unknown donor.

Then everything goes sideways. The donor is a rapist, and the mother-to-be refuses to press charges. Is it fear or blame-the-victim syndrome? The father’s true identity shocks Vinnie. Something is terribly wrong. With the ex-ballplayer and dog’s help, Vinnie uncovers a web of deceit, duplicity, and a sexual identity crisis.

Forget the women. Vinnie wants a baby with his husband—not easy for two gay men. Then a dead body changes his focus, especially with his arrest for murder. Vinnie's new priority is to stop a killer freely roaming San Francisco. To trap the murderer, he needs exoneration and release from jail, because the cops don't get it. The plan might succeed, depending on how success is measured.

Baseball Man comprises murder, ambiguity, muscular men, gay sex, an eccentric ex-baseball player, and a dog with issues.

This book is the second in the VB Mystery Series, following on the success of Ice Cream Man.


5-stars. Vinnie Returns, in Fine Form!, Jan 27, 2017
By Steve Verified Purchase
"A wonderful romp of a novel, as Vinnie continues to lurch through a world inhabited by some rather unusual types. An engaging read, well conceived and well executed."

5-stars. What's Not to Love!, July 18, 2017
By Ricky Don't Lose That Number
"From the start, Puccia won me with a Boston terrier named Ralph. I've got a weakness for dogs. Puccia crafts ordinary situations into eloquent prose like a fine artist. His use of strong verbs and gripping dialogue entertain and keep you engaged. Take a chance on this book. Enjoy unraveling the mysteries and experiencing the adventures of Vinnie, Ben, Dan, and Ginny.”

5-stars Some wonderful and weird dudes in this book., Jan 27,

By Amazon Customer
"There are some really wonderfully odd dudes in this sometimes humorous, sometimes soulful read. I had a great time with it. GREAT beach or airplane read. It is well-written and captivating."

Reviews of Ice Cream Man:

"Touching and sincere."
"A wonderful summer beach read."
"A rollicking, raunchy read of corporate shenanigans with mafia overtones. Great characters, fun read."
“Written with humor and an eye for the strange and obscure, this book takes the reader on a roller coaster ride full of twists, turns and unexpected dives, woven together in a page-turner that leaves the reader hungry for the next in the series."
"Filled with intrigue and fascinating to the point of amusement—clearly a page turner."
"Fascinating and totally credible."
"Bridges the gap of our heterosexual and homosexual worlds through an integrative storyline."

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Charles Puccia's Books

About the Author

Charles Puccia is crime mystery novel writer and occasional satirical, humorous short stories. Obsession, love/inclusion, privilege and fear fuel the Vinnie Briggs series. He draws his eccentric characters from encounters in real life, enhanced by his worldwide travel and an inordinate fondness for coffee shops. His books deal with contemporary issues. Outlier Man explores high school bullying and Detour Man, like Ice Cream Man, obsessions produced by childhood trauma.

With long periods in Boston, New York, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Rome, Messina, and Montpelier, Charles brings realism to his unusual characters. He now enjoys the coffee shop mecca of Sarasota, Florida, refining his axiom that if something has a remote chance of being tasty, then try it and regret later. The same philosophy forces a health gym subscription, but unlike his bodybuilding protagonists, he has an aversion to heavy weights and mirrors.

Charles is an eclectic reader. He likes the challenge of Booker Prize authors and rereading classic literature, yet enjoys contemporary complex mystery and thriller, and ludicrous romance novels with happy endings. Humor is a must these days. He loves audiobooks, a welcomed companion during long-haul travel or short-haul workouts

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