Item description for After the Facts: An After Coffman Mystery by Vincent M. Lutterbie...
The town of Hustle has a new private eye, and his name is After Coffman. His first case and After is finding it anything but business as usual. He has no client, no money and too many suspects. In line for After's scalp are drug lords, gun runners and the Hustle Homicide Department. Each want a piece of him, but After's greatest foe may be an old black cat, named Soot.
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Lutterbie does a great job on this premier mystery Sep 3, 2004
Vincent M. Lutterbie is a dentist by profession and a writer by hobby. He has extensive experience with disabled clients, since they make up the majority of his client base. He lives in Missouri with his wife and three children, and the occasional visiting child.
After Coffman was born in Brooklyn to a missing dad and a sorry excuse for a mother. His name was a mistake made by a hasty nurse when his mother said, "let's name him after Bob." After is beginning his career as a private investigator and opens an office at the back of an antique store run by a man who has many irons in the fire. He is staying at a rooming house run by Mother Teresa, who has a cat named Soot who dive-bombs After's room, and who cooks fabulous meals which figure prominently in the tale. After's first case involves a missing person, and within a week of taking a $100 retainer, his client is killed. After is off and running, and of course gets involved with a shady woman named Felicity who quickly ingratiates herself with After and his gang:
"All was fine with our repast. Mother enjoyed having a young lady there, Paul cleaned his glasses to have a better look, then grinned stupidly every time Felicity opened her mouth. Hal was on his best behavior, but I noticed that he managed to sit closest to her. I didn't mind as I sat across from her and studied her closely. Yes, her healthy looks were beginning to appeal to me, I felt myself being reeled in. As for her, all of her conversation was a little on the ditsy side, but delightful. She charmed everyone in the house."
After is an unlikely but endearing hero in this action-packed mystery. The poor guy is constantly being beaten up and attacked, but he has the intelligence and grit to weather his first case. He has no end of fools and con artists to deal with, and he manages to work his way through and make a few friends along the way. AFTER THE FACTS is an entertaining mystery written by a guy who likes food, the underdog, cats, and the girls. Lutterbie does a great job on this premier mystery. He has much to offer and manages to bewitch the reader with a charismatic and breezy writing style. A wonderful first effort!
Shelley Glodowski Senior Reviewer
After Coffman a "Real" Man Feb 28, 2004
Vincent M. Lutterbie writes a very realistic story about a guy just trying to make a living as a private investigator. He lives in a wonderful rooming house that the reader might want to live in. He cares about the people around him, he gets scared but is able to work things out, and he gets hurt by a relationship gone wrong! This story offers a real cozy feeling but with dangerous twists and turns! I hated to see it end and I hope this is the first of the adventures of "After Coffman"!
Mysterious and witty Nov 8, 2003
I was very satisfied with this book. Not only does the author keep you guessing as you turn each page, but he also keeps you laughing. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. The author's choice of words enable the reader to visualize every single mishap that After falls into. Read it; you'll like it.
After The Facts Jan 22, 2003
If you like mysteries, you will love this one. Lutterbie has the ability to paint a picture of each character and each situation in the readers mind with great detail but keeps things moving along at a fast pace throughout the book. There are no "flat spots" in this novel. Lutterbie is every bit as good as Steven King and Dean Koontz. Hopefully, he will keep producing more quality books in the days ahead. I look forward to his next book with great anticipation.
PAGETURNER! Sep 29, 2002
I loved this farcical mystery. Great humor and character in this small town story.