This is book number 3 in the Bruno Johnson Series series.
The Squandered propels Bruno into an emotionally charged high-speed chase as he and Marie leave their rescued kids in Costa Rica and risk returning to the U.S. at the request of Bruno’s terminally ill father. Bruno’s estranged and incarcerated brother needs Bruno to help rescue his abducted young grandchildren, children that Bruno hadn’t known existed.
Bruno cannot deny his father, and Marie will not let Bruno go alone. As fugitives, they return to the U.S. to face not only imminent arrest, but also to confront ruthless kidnappers, drug dealers, and government agents who will stop at nothing to keep a secret from the past buried forever.
Glimpses of Bruno’s law enforcement past shed light on the mayhem they encounter once they are discovered in L.A. It seems that Bruno’s brother, Noble, has inadvertently kicked a hornet’s nest of criminals, both in and out of prison, and among various law enforcement agencies looking to find a long missing load of nine million dollars’ worth of cocaine. And Noble’s grandchildren are caught in the crosshairs.
The chase, the brutality, and the emotional stress tests Bruno and Marie’s relationship and forces them to define family—what’s okay to forgive, and what should never be forgotten. Armed with a new moral code, will they live long enough to put it into practice?
During his career in law enforcement, David Putnam has done it all: worked in narcotics, violent crimes, criminal intelligence, hostage rescue, SWAT, and internal affairs, to name just a few. He is the recipient of many awards and commendations for heroism. The Squandered is his third Bruno Johnson novel, following the best-selling and critically acclaimed The Disposables and The Replacements.Putnam lives in Southern California with his wife, Mary.
"Readers will admire Putnam’s ability to unleash a powerful narrative, with interesting characters and high drama, in foursquare, unadorned prose, not a simile or metaphor in sight. When Johnson arms for the final battle, he says he’s going to 'burn down the world.' That’s not really a figure of speech. Action fans won’t be able to turn away."
"Putnam’s gripping third Bruno Johnson novel (after 2015’s The Replacements) takes Bruno from Costa Rica, where he fled with the woman who’s now his wife, Marie, and 10 mistreated children he rescued (illegally), back to Los Angeles, to help his incarcerated brother, Noble, whose two young grandchildren have been kidnapped. Unable to turn away from kids in peril, Bruno soon gets mixed up in a caper involving the cocaine trade, a failed heist, and plenty of cold-blooded killers. Luckily, he has help from a nephew also named Bruno (the kidnapped children’s father), some police buddies, and of course Marie. A former police officer, Putnam combines a spot-on procedural with a hero and heroine whose banter and obvious affection for each other provide some welcome levity amid some very dark deeds. At times, awkward excerpts from A Noble Sacrifice, a memoir written by Noble, slow the narrative, but everything else is so well crafted, readers will zip right through this poignant crime thriller."
— Publishers Weekly
"...an emotionally charged high-speed chase"
"I couldn't put this page turner down. Looks like I wasn't alone in that: The book has blurbs from Michael Connelly, C. J. Box, and T. Jefferson Parker, among others."
"...keeps the reader frantically turning pages to see what is going to happen next."
"The action of The Squandered moves with warp speed."
—Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine
“Putnam puts his years of law enforcement experience to good use in The Squandered, a shocking and intense tale of brotherly love and redemption realized in the midst of moral decay. It’s a raw and gritty story I couldn’t put down.”
—C.J. Box, New York Times best-selling author of the Joe Pickett novels
"David Putnam delivers again what we have come to expect from this
hard-hitting ex-cop: non-stop adrenaline-filled action; a plot filled
with twists and turns and reversals; characters with both quirks and
heart; and a deep understanding of the world those characters inhabit.
Read him for the thrill ride, but you will find yourself dwelling on the
moral questions he raises long after you're done. Caution: this series
could be addicting."
—Michael Sears, Shamus and Silver Falchion award-winning author of Long Way Down
“Putnam knows his territory, and he knows his people – on both sides of the law. The Squandered blends the adrenaline rush of a high-speed pursuit with a clear-eyed look at the gray area between good and evil, and the hard choices people are sometimes forced to make.”
—Wallace Stroby, author of The Devil’s Share, Shoot the Woman First, and Cold Shot to the Heart
"Bad Boy Bruno Johnson comes out of hiding to battle a vicious biker gang that threaten his family. Bring an oxygen tank with you when you read The Squandered because you'll be holding your breath the whole time. Unrelenting action with more twists than a sidewinder trail. A lightening read!"
—Matt Coyle, author of the Anthony Award-winning Rick Cahill crime series