This is book number 1 in the Chuck Restic Mysteries series.
Chuck Restic has achieved the American dream: a successful career with a large corporation, his own home, the best health care insurance and retirement package... but he's crumbling inside. Twenty years in Human Resources have pushed him into an existential crisis. He realizes there is so little value in what he does all day, and it is only when he embarks on a mission to find a missing employee from his firm that he truly starts to feel alive again.
This is Chuck's first step toward moonlighting as a private detective - a job in which he turns out to excel. Constantly balancing the inane demands of his office and the excitement of his new "job," he finally finds what he's been missing. By applying his HR skills and wit to his new passion for detective work, Chuck unravels a web of crooked real estate deals and three murders, staving off a fourth: his own.
The first in a series of Chuck Restic mysteries, The Silent Second introduces readers to a sharp, witty, regular-guy detective who's rapidly winning fans.