Who is this man? In truth, that’s the big question that the protagonists want to know. The cops know a little bit about him, but unlike you, they don’t even know his name. That’s a slight tease: all you do know is his name…and that’s the one piece of information the cops would most like to have.
The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead may be one of the first if not only, mystery novels named after the villain. Perhaps you should chime in on whether or not you feel this makes the novel more attractive, or if you find it misleading, as far as titles are concerned.
The novel is an action adventure story set in the city of Indianapolis, which is where I lived when I wrote the first couple of drafts.
The story is not told from Tutweiler’s perspective. In fact, if he could respond to this post it would only be to hope that no one notices it or else that no one takes it seriously, because of how much he is evading the Police with some of his activities, but not all of them.
Tutweiler is also honestly not based on any single real-life person but I suppose anyone like Tutweiler might worry that this was about him. In reality, in my fictions stories, especially novels, each character is a composite of at least 4 different people. To share a sad joke, the other day I saw a video in which Tai Lopez essentially said this ideal girlfriend is also a composite of at least 3 different women. While that may be painfully true, I immediately thought of the way that I personally write fiction and how I do that intentionally in the invention of characters for novels…but would not find it so helpful for making myself content within a marriage.
The name is very intentionally exotic. I think I found his first name doing Internet research about dog breeds while scouting the terrain for potential freelance writing contracts over a decade ago. Strangely enough, I do recall specifically how I came up with the character’s surname. I was being paid to write a real estate blog for a little while and through the related research learned that Buckhead is one of the fancier neighborhoods in greater Atlanta, Georgia. Well, something about it struck me as fitting.
White Collar Criminals
I am willing to divulge, and I hope it’s not a spoiler, that Tutweiler is a white collar type of criminal, but even telling you that I begin to digress into that character’s personal issues that are explained in chapters of the novel.
Everyone who has known or hated white collar criminals will appreciate this.
What’s the plot line?
It’s really about finding out who Tutweiler actually is, and saddling him with the burden of the responsibility for some of his actions. Mind you, he’s enough of a real person type of villain that there is a lot more to him than just his crimes.
The City of Indianapolis resorts to using a special squad of 4 who are a compromise between the law enforcement agencies and vigilantes. The 4 are not all alike, which will appeal more to some readers than others. Three types of people will feel most at home with our protagonists: 1) people who like those crime TV shows like NCIS where there is obviously a team solving a criminal case, 2) fantasy role play gamers who are used to thinking in terms of “adventuring parties”, 3) people who love comic book heroes and heroines. (old use of the actual feminine form instead of only the masculine grammatical form). If you or someone you know is any of those types, then you might really like this novel.
Fans of fantasy might be terribly disappointed by level of magic in The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead. In fact, here’s a link to a negative book review – fantasy disappointment. There is some magic and occultism in the novel, but it does not conform to either sword and sorcery nor to ‘Satanic crimes’ genre expectations. It may live up to the standards of magical realism.
There is also God related magic in the novel, and in this case, it is done by Christians rather than say Buddhists or Hindus ala Dr. Strange.
The writing style developed from someone who finds it normal if you take advanced classes in high school or go to college in stark contrast to someone who thought all that would go right over your head. This is not a book written “at an 8th grade reading level” so that foreigners and kids can feel as if they understand the English language. Be prepared for relatively long sentences and descriptive sub-clauses.
If this sounds like your type of thing, then just scroll on up and click on the link. The review is also real by the way and not a ‘brain wash positive’ work of paid promotional advertising.
If you go for it, I hope you love it.
I would be thrilled if anyone who reads it would bother to post a comment or a semi-public or public review of the reader’s own free will.