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The Disposables (A Bruno Johnson Thriller) Hardcover – May 6, 2014
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This novel gives off heat. It tells the story of a black Los Angeles ex-cop, once a member of an elite—read brutal—crime-fighting unit, who’s been wronged and suffered prison time. But Bruno Johnson is not out to clear his name; he’s trying to stay alive as his ex-partners work to trap him in a complex scheme involving a serial killer who sets his victims afire. And he’s no angel: his desperate circumstances lead him to hijack valuable computer parts off a moving train. If this has a seen-this-before flavor, give it a chance; there are a number of unique and startling plot twists. But what really recommends the book is the high-octane presentation. Odd, because the occasional clunky sentence doesnt detract. Rather, they add somehow to the sense of urgency and authenticity, the feeling that this is the real deal, set down by somebody who was there and still hasn’t gotten over it. The SWAT-like assault on the crime house is an impressive set piece. --Don Crinklaw
"I really loved The Disposables. It's raw, powerful and eloquent. It's a gritty street poem recited by a voice unalterably committed to redemption and doing the right thing in a wrong world. I'll be first in line for the next one from David Putnam."
- Michael Connelly
"..a dark and disturbing insider's novel that may not make you feel safer on the mean streets of L.A. Dark, disturbing and all too believable, this is the tale of one man's quest for atonement in a world where innocence is a liability."
- T. Jefferson Parker, New York Times best-selling author of The Famous & the Dead
"The Disposables is an intelligent and deftly paced crime novel with characters who will remain with you long after you've turned the last page."
- Douglas Corleone, Shamus-nominated author of One Man's Paradise, Night on Fire, Last Lawyer Standing, and Good as Gone
"A guy on the wrong side of 40, an ex-cop, and an ex-con on the run, Bruno Johnson is an unexpected hero. In The Disposables, Putnam slams Bruno down in front of us as the doctrine of the steamy streets of L.A. plays out with surprising twists and turns. The smooth, fast pace takes us on an adventure that keeps us guessing about just who is doing the right thing--the guy on the lam or the ones chasing him."
Camille Minichino, Author of the periodical chart mysteries featuring Gloria Lamerino (also mystery pen names Margaret Grace, Ada Madison)
"This novel gives off heat. ... [with] unique and startling plot twists. But what really recommends the book is the high octane presentation. ... [and] the sense of urgency and authenticity, the feeling that this is the real deal, set down by somebody who was there and still hasn't gotten over it. The SWAT-like assault on the crime house is an impressive set piece." - Booklist
"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... [Putnam] wields his archetypes with skill and a sincerity born of long experience in law enforcement." - Publishers Weekly
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Once part of an elite detail of supercops attached to the LA Sheriff’s Department and reminiscent of Gangster Squad—a cowboy contingent that holds itself above the law and operates in the grey area between the good guys and the criminals—Bruno is now an outsider. He has a prison record and a profile, but he still has his cop instincts and training, plus the street smarts he picked up on both sides of the law.
The author’s experience in law enforcement shows in the brush strokes on every page. He gets the cop mentality, the criminal mentality, the shabbiness of the LA streets, and the goofy logic of not only crackheads and lowlife hustlers but also the bureaucracy called Child Protective Services. Then you get lines like this: “I pull the trigger without remorse . . . I give (him) a third eye to help him see his way to hell.”
Friends become enemies, enemies become allies, and everything unravels. Can Bruno pull off his crazy quest? Putnam keeps us guessing until the end.
Bruno's skill in putting everything together in his head, with his absolute toughness and his intellectual prowess was magnificent. This book needs to be a movie and don't leave a detail out. Everything clicks together. The cover does not give you an idea of what is inside so download it and read it, If you love reading about the way the police work to battle city crime, read this book!
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