Detour Man

Genre: Conspiracy Thrillers, Mystery, Romantic Suspense Thriller

Book Summary

Twenty-six-year-old bodybuilder Gunter Hoffman sports enormous muscles to keep at bay nightmares of his childhood nemesis, a menacing homeless guy with PTSD known as Detour Man. But even with a body that’s six feet in all directions, Gunter’s afraid of people—and lonely.

When Gunter seeks out a girlfriend—and finds one—she’s like all the rest: more curious about his bulging biceps than him, thinking his size provides an invincible shield to ridicule. But Gunter’s mentally fragile. When she ends up dead from a broken neck, the cops seek a murderer with immense strength, just like Gunter.

Private investigator Vinnie Briggs doesn’t want to get involved in Gunter’s problems—but to please his husband he must. He’s even less pleased mounting a murder defense, which defies standard procedure. Vinnie and his co-investigator, the woman’s fitness champion Rita Light, commit crimes and lie, and Rita employs her specialty: martial arts sex. They take risks that endanger innocent lives only to learn vindication has a high price.

DETOUR MAN (85,000 words) is the fourth novel in the Vinnie Briggs mystery series. It will appeal to readers of Rhys Ford’s Dirty Kiss and Josh Lanyon for the romantic mystery


Excellent dialogue comes to life by the first-rate narrator. The characters are vivid, the pacing is quick yet there is depth to this story. It is relevant and entertaining, a great read all around—Nora Quien, author of Limbo, City of Dis

Captivating characters and a cleverly designed plot. Highly recommended to anybody enjoys a good mystery. A Wishing Shelf Book Review

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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