Bruno Johnson, a tough street cop, member of the elite violent crime task force, feared by the bad guys, admired by the good, finds his life derailed when a personal tragedy forces him to break the law. Now he’s an ex-con and his life on parole is not going well. He is hassled by the police at every opportunity, and to make matters even more difficult, his former partner, Robby Wicks, now a high-ranking detective, bullies him into helping solve a high profile crime – unofficially, of course.
Meantime, Bruno’s girlfriend, Marie, brings out the good, the real Bruno, and even though they veer totally outside the law, he and Marie dedicate themselves to saving abused children, creating a type of underground railroad for neglected kids at risk, disposable kids.
Caught between police brutality, the demands of his rogue ex-partner, and the precarious circumstances of the children, Bruno is forced into a brutality of his own as he pulls out every stop to save these children from a warped system of justice.
"David Putnam’s novel, The Disposables, is a high-octane thrill ride that won’t let you catch your breath, much less put down the book. Bruno Johnson is both tough-as-nails and soft-as-butter, running an underground railroad for abused children and facing obstacles that will make your hair stand on end. This is the best debut novel I’ve read in years." —William Bernhardt, best-selling author of the Ben Kincaid series
"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, New York Times best-selling author
"A guy on the wrong side of forty, 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 Hydrogen Murder
"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
"What do you get when you give a veteran sheriff’s deputy a talent for storytelling and a computer? In this case you get David Putnam’s The Disposables, 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
"A raw, street-view of a cop’s life and legacy written heart-first by a man who’s been there. Honestly, I took notes." —Theresa Schwegel, author of The Good Boy
"Dave Putnam’s novel, The Disposables, is a high-octane thrill ride that won’t let you catch your breath. This is the best debut novel I’ve read in years." —William Bernhardt, best-selling author of the Ben Kincaid series