Best-selling author of the Bruno Johnson Crime Series
Ex-cop, Ex-con, Committed Vigilante . . . With a Soft Spot for Kids
Bruno Johnson, a tough street cop, member of the elite violent crimes task force, feared by the bad guys, admired by the good, finds his life derailed when a personal tragedy forces him to break the law. Now he's an ex-con and his life on parole is not going well. He is hassled by the police at every opportunity, and to make matters even more difficult, his former partner, Robby Wicks, now a high-ranking detective, bullies him into helping solve a high profile crime—unofficially, of course.
Bruno's girlfriend, Marie, brings out the good, the real Bruno, and even though they veer totally outside the law, he and Marie dedicate themselves to saving abused children, creating a type of underground railroad for neglected kids at risk, disposable kids.
Caught between police brutality, the demands of his rogue ex-partner, and the precarious circumstances of the children, Bruno is forced into a brutality of his own as he pulls out every stop to save these children from a warped system of justice.
Perfect for fans of Robert Crais and Michael Connelly
While all of the novels in the Bruno Johnson Crime Series stand on their own and can be read in any order, the publication sequence is:
Putnam's first novel, a fast-paced tale of idealism and corruption, stars paroled ex-con Bruno Johnson, once a legendary member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's elite Violent Crimes Team, who fears that it's only a matter of time before his former colleagues turn on him. Desperate for a nest egg large enough to allow him to disappear with lover Marie and the abused kids they've rescued, Bruno agrees to do one final big job. Meanwhile, his former partner, Robby Wicks, to whom Bruno owes a favor, asks him for assistance in solving a brutal series of murders, perhaps the work of a single madman or evidence of something much darker. The author relies on iconic figures endangered children, sympathetic hookers with a weakness for broken cops, amoral lowlifes with and without badges rather than more complex characters, but he wields his archetypes with skill and a sincerity born of long experience in law enforcement.