Best-selling author of the Bruno Johnson Crime Series
Bruno Johnson, ex-detective with Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and an ex-convict, is hiding out from the FBI in Costa Rica, tending bar to support eight children he illegally rescued from abusive homes.
Partway through a normal day, Barbara Wicks, a former colleague and the chief of police for Montclair, California, walks into his bar. Bruno is shocked to the core. Is she there to arrest him and take him back to California? Turns out she's there to request Bruno's help—two children have been kidnapped.
The kidnapper, Jonas Mabry, was himself a victim whom Bruno rescued as a small child. Now Mabry demands a fool's retribution—a million-dollar ransom and that Bruno must put his own life on the line to secure the money.
In this twisted turn of fate, Bruno returns to California as a wanted criminal. Despite the risk of arrest and jeopardizing his life, he cannot turn his back on these kids.
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 thrilling sequel to 2014's The Disposables finds Bruno Johnson, a former L.A. sheriff's cop, settled in Costa Rica with his wife, Marie, and the eight abused children they rescued and took (illegally) from the U.S. Early in his career, Johnson intervened in a violent domestic case and managed to save the life of five-year-old Jonas Mabry. Now an adult, Jonas has kidnapped two young girls and will deal only with Johnson. Johnson is unable to resist the appeal of Montclair, Calif., police chief Barbra Wicks, and returns to California to track down Jonas. Jonas proves to be a diabolically clever opponent as he runs circles around Johnson, leading him down one blind alley after another and forcing him to make desperate moves. Putnam steadily ratchets up the tension, while memorable supporting characters, like the courageous Marie, help engage reader interest.