eBook sale – Final Days!

Amazing Launch Deal:

Get the ebook version of David Putnam’s new thriller THE SQUANDERED, the third installment in the Bruno Johnson series, for 99 cents through Feb 9, 2016 on your favorite ereader:

Amazon  *  Nook

And get the first two eBooks in the series (The Disposables, The Replacements) for just $2.99 each!  (Through Feb 9)

The Story:

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 Bruno to put his life on the line to get the money. In this twisted turn of fate, Bruno returns as a wanted criminal to California.  Despite the risk of arrest and even his life, he cannot turn his back on these kids.


The Author:

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.

Praise for the THE SQUANDERED and the Bruno Johnson Series:

Publishers Weekly:
“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.



“Violence follows Bruno Johnson around. After a bloody career as a Los Angeles cop, he sought a calmer life as a bartender, but gunmen found him, to their sorrow. In Putnam’s third series entry, Johnson is in Costa Rica, attempting to provide a sane life for children he’s taken―illegally―from abusive homes in the States. But the past catches up. In his cop life, he put his own brother in jail for murder. Now the jailbird sends a message: he needs Johnson back in L.A. What follows is a complex story involving cocaine, diamonds, kidnapping, and―with Johnson on the case―rivers of blood. The revelations, which date back to Johnson’s brother’s arrest, are genuinely startling, and 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 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


The Squandered is available in hardcover and all digital ebook formats through your favorite independent bookstore, public library, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Kobo.com, Apple, Google, and all other fine booksellers.

2 Fun Events this weekend!

Saturday in Temecula: Wine and Crime at the Dime

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 Also see: www.wineonadime.com

Sunday in San Diego: Noir at the Bar

Sunday at 7:00pm
La Jolla Brewing Company
7536 Fay Ave, La Jolla, California 92037

Come join us for another great event featuring:
T. Jefferson Parker, Gary Phillips, Eric Beetner, Stephen W. Buehler, Eunice Magill, and Barry Lancet.


Reviews from Booklist & PW

“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.”

Publishers Weekly:
“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.”

Cover Story

When people from Oceanview Publishing asked what I imagined on the cover of The Disposables, I had several ideas. One vision involved graffiti on a wall, some kids’ toys nearby, and a red bottle of Gatorade. Each had significance to the story, of course. The cover guy liked that idea best, and ask if we could send a photograph of what I had in mind.

I picked up some second-hand toys at the local thrift stores. Luckily, I just happened to know a professional photographer or two. We’ve not yet received the complete final cover yet, but most likely it’ll include photos on the cover by both my daughter-in-law: Heather Putnam, and my good Aussie friend from down under: Ben Orchard of Ben Orchard Photography.

After Ben shot the “art” from every angle, in the dark, and even with an ominous armed man casting a large shadow on the wall.



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Extremely pleased with how the pictures came out, we shared just a little of the experience on facebook, and confused the heck out of some of friends and relatives…


Turns out no one suspected it might’ve been an inside job on the graffiti. Although the artist I selected used to do primarily acrylics, I bought my lovely wife four cans of black spray paint for this job. She practiced a bit on some cardboard, then moved on to her biggest canvas ever: the side of our house.

She says: “All the graffiti artists are wearing fuchsia this year.” She’s got 3+ cans of paint left, and is available for tagging your house too.

We’re already working on ideas for the next book cover. Stay tuned for news on that…