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About The Heartless

Former LA County Deputy Bruno Johnson is now a bailiff in the courts having stepped down from his role on the Violent Crimes Team to spend more time with his daughter, Olivia. Bruno fears his job decision may have come too late when he gets a frantic call to extricate Olivia from a gunpoint situation in a LA gang-infested neighborhood. His desperation escalates when he realizes Louis Barkow, a stone-cold killer awaiting trial, had orchestrated that deadly tableau. When Barkow and three other criminals break out of jail and hit the streets, Bruno is plunged back into violent crime mode. Now, the agenda is personal—Olivia has become a pawn in the desperate chase of this sinister murderer. The walls are caving in on Bruno as violence escalates in his hunt for Barkow and his heart strings are stretched to the breaking point as he struggles to protect his daughter not only from the criminal violence swirling around them, but from Olivia’s own impetuous life choices.


“Not since the heyday of Joseph Wambaugh has an ex-cop brought his street experience to the page with such literary power." —Lee Goldberg, New York Times best-selling author

"Putnam’s action-packed seventh Bruno Johnson mystery [The Heartless] hits the ground running. Those who like straightforward crime novels in which the good guys prevail and the bad guys get what’s coming to them will be satisfied." —Publishers Weekly

"With its incredible action, great characters, and engrossing, timeless story, [The Heartless is] a fast-moving page turner that sizzles toward its fulfilling end." —Foreword Reviews

"[The Heartless is a] cop-novel story of kidnapping and murder, told with Putnam's usual high energy and a knack for description that makes words bloom on the page." —Booklist

"Reading a novel by David Putnam is almost as good as riding shotgun in a patrol car. He writes what he knows and what he knows is that justice on the mean streets isn't always black and white. Gritty and dark, The Reckless is a realistic and highly entertaining police procedural." —Robin Burcell, New York Times best-selling author

"David Putnam knows the mean streets and the characters who inhabit them better than anyone writing crime fiction.  In The Heartless, Putnam is at the top of his game. Fans of Bruno Johnson will rejoice at this latest offering." —Alan Russell, best-selling author of Burning Man

"David Putnam's The Heartless is terrific--a smart, well-written, relentless account of a battle against evil, fought by a protagonist who has a real man's flaws, but also shows us the kind of heroism that's real." —Thomas Perry, New York Times best-selling author

"The Heartless is a tale of emotional unraveling. . . gritty, raw, and realistic." —Looks At Books