Outlier Man

Genre: Mystery, Romantic Suspense Thriller, Suspense Thrillers

For Fans Of

Lanyon, Coben, Levine, Hassell

Book Summary

A high school teacher is not your typical murder victim, and more than one suggests a connection that P.I. Vinnie Briggs intends to make. This could be a dangerous undertaking so Vinnie hires Rita Light, a fitness fanatic and martial arts champion, for protection.

But Rita is seeking a different kind of partnership. While Vinnie searches for clues in data, she looks to the bedroom. Between them they stumble across evidence that suggests more victims, and the murders are driven by a burning desire for vengeance. Finding who has the strongest motive could solve the case and possibly save lives…

So begins an investigation like no other, full of high school athletes, vindictive teenagers, beautiful men and women, bodybuilding, and martial arts adapted for sex. Outlier Man shows the unintended consequences of vigilantism leading to a surprising conclusion in a modern morality tale that questions the efficacy of our rules.


• “A rollicking, raunchy read of corporate shenanigans with mafia overtones.” [Ice Cream Man]
• “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…” [Ice Cream Man]
• “Bridges the gap [between] our heterosexual and homosexual worlds through an integrative storyline.” [Baseball Man]
• “…really wonderfully odd dudes in this sometimes humorous, sometimes soulful read… GREAT beach or airplane read.” [Baseball Man]
• “ a wonderful romp of a novel… an engaging read, well-conceived and well-executed.” [Baseball Man]

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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