Investigator puts focus on preventing crime
Hoffman courts clients who want to avoid trouble
November 3, 2006
by Carl Cronan
Real estate editor
TAMPA -- Bruce Hoffman is a private investigator in the popular sense, down to the Humphrey Bogart movie poster on the wall of his small office and the "Magnum P.I."-style tropical shirts he wears occasionally.
However, that's as far as any similarities extend to those familiar gumshoes. The 60-year-old law enforcement veteran gave up stakeouts long ago, and he points out rather quickly that movies, television shows and mystery novels don't always offer a realistic view of detective work.
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