The Innocents

The Innocents

David Putnam / Jul 24, 2019

The Innocents Booklist sums up Putnam s Bruno Johnson series Bruno Johnson believes so passionately in justice that he ll lie cheat and steal to achieve it and he ll pulverize anybody who gets in his way B

  • Title: The Innocents
  • Author: David Putnam
  • ISBN: 1608092577
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Booklist sums up Putnam s Bruno Johnson series Bruno Johnson believes so passionately in justice that he ll lie, cheat, and steal to achieve it and he ll pulverize anybody who gets in his way Bruno Johnson, a newly minted LA County Sheriff Violent Crimes detective, gets the worst assignment possible infiltrate a Sheriff s narcotics team that may be involved in murder Booklist sums up Putnam s Bruno Johnson series Bruno Johnson believes so passionately in justice that he ll lie, cheat, and steal to achieve it and he ll pulverize anybody who gets in his way Bruno Johnson, a newly minted LA County Sheriff Violent Crimes detective, gets the worst assignment possible infiltrate a Sheriff s narcotics team that may be involved in murder for hire Gain their trust and be brought into the scheme If he succeeds, he will have to arrest and testify against his fellow deputies if he lives that long.To make matters worse, before Bruno leaves home on the first day of this assignment, he answers the door to find an ex girlfriend Without explanation, she hands him a baby girl only weeks old The child is his Stunned and terrified, he now faces immediate fatherhood as well as the traitor like charge to take down his colleagues.Juggling his complex home life, Bruno tackles his assignment to discover that no one is whom they seem to be and that his own boss, Lieutenant Wicks, might be involved His mission is further complicated when an attractive female deputy, recently transferred from Public Affairs, is also put on the case She has no street experience and Bruno carries the extra burden of watching her back a tough assignment made tougher by personal attraction.As Bruno gets deeper and deeper into the corruption, he doesn t know who to trust, and in the end, confides in the wrong person Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover Published February 6th 2018 by Oceanview Publishing More Details ISBN 1608092577 ISBN13 9781608092574 Series Bruno Johnson 5 Other Editions 2 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Innocents, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book 2018 Mystery Thriller Horror 265 books 257 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Feb 13, 2018 Louise Wilson rated it really liked it Bruno Johnson 5 Bruno Johnson, a newly minted LA County Sheriff Violent Crimes Detective, gets the worst assignment possible infiltrate a Sherriff s narcotic team that may be involved in murder for hire He needs to gain their trust and be brought into the scheme If he succeeds, he will have to arrest and testify against his fellow deputies if he lives that long Before Bruno leaves home on his first day of his assignment, he answers the door to find an ex girlfriend Without explanation Bruno Johnson 5 Bruno Johnson, a newly minted LA County Sheriff Violent Crimes Detective, gets the worst assignment possible infiltrate a Sherriff s narcotic team that may be involved in murder for hire He needs to gain their trust and be brought into the scheme If he succeeds, he will have to arrest and testify against his fellow deputies if he lives that long Before Bruno leaves home on his first day of his assignment, he answers the door to find an ex girlfriend Without explanation she hands him a baby girl who is only weeks old The child is his Stunned and terrified, he now faces immediate fatherhood as well as the traitor like charge to take down his colleagues.This is a gripping read and an insight to the younger Bruno Johnson It is full of suspense, action packed with lots of twists to keep you guessing The cover is a little misleading though The characters are complex, of which some will get under your skin This is a well written police procedural.I would like to thank NetGalley, Oceanview Publishing and the author David Putnam for my ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 28 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 20, 2017 Craig Monson rated it really liked it Readers first encounter Bruno Johnson in the shower with his boss s curvaceous, red headed secretary, who hears a knock Bruno tears himself away, despite his shower mate s wheedling objections, and throws open the front door to discover the red head s apparent predecessor, holding a two week old baby The dripping secretary struggles into her dress, grabs her bra and panties, and heads out the door exclaiming You re a real asshole, Bruno Johnson, followed moments later by the baby mama, who p Readers first encounter Bruno Johnson in the shower with his boss s curvaceous, red headed secretary, who hears a knock Bruno tears himself away, despite his shower mate s wheedling objections, and throws open the front door to discover the red head s apparent predecessor, holding a two week old baby The dripping secretary struggles into her dress, grabs her bra and panties, and heads out the door exclaiming You re a real asshole, Bruno Johnson, followed moments later by the baby mama, who pauses long enough to hand off the bundle of joy She s all yours This, all in the first four pages.A bit over the edge, maybe, a bit Hollywood sitcomish, but probably intriguing enough to encourage even cynical readers to suspend disbelief long enough to keep turning pages We ve already learned the setting is 1980s Compton with all that implies The redhead s Get that cute little black ass back in here before I cool down has confirmed that Bruno is African American Will Bruno become a black Manny, like the Justin Hartley character from This is US In fact, Baby Girl Johnson gets handed off to Bruno s dad wise and with a ready solution to every problem the sort of father figure most men struggling into adulthood would like to have Detective Johnson is largely free to return to the gritty world of street crime and police corruption, where he is most at home He s still young in this book, with his own strong sense of particular moral values, but not a deep thinker He sounds immature and naive don t expect much philosophizing in his minimally complex world But since this is a prequel, perhaps that makes sense he may grow up in the sequels As Johnson dashes from crisis to crisis there d hardly be time for deep thoughts, anyway The fact that the author chooses not to delve very deeply beyond fast moving surface events means that readers impatient to get on with the story will find nothing to quibble about.Both the author and Bruno are at their best when operations are going down Putnam s deft scripting of such moments calls to mind the virtuosity of Bernard Cornwell s medieval battle scenes The larger plot seems like a framework onto which to hang a compelling series of take downs, in fact, and they are fun to read there is no boring downtime in this police procedural Readers careen through two snappy and convincing take downs before eventually hitting the crux of the plot By then Bruno has also tracked down a hit and runner, following a trail of physical evidence, down on his knees on the pavement, in a manner reminiscent of Joe Leaphorn, but at fast forward speed.The author s thirty years of police work much touted in cover and after blurbs make it all plausible A parolee s suicide by cutting his own throat, rather than face recapture, turns out to be based on Putnam s own experience Readers readily accept a faintly surreal but fun scene of cops arresting druggies who show up at a drug house, then showing them movies and feeding them hamburgers to keep them quiet while the cops wait for bigger fish is that, too, based on real life In some such scenes, however, the author s ghetto speech suggests his characters learned a little too much in high school English class Like many books in this genre, the exciting, action packed denouement is overwhelmingly eventful And little time gets wasted wrapping things up afterwards But I quickly finished the book which I received as an ARC , ready to track down the sequels to this prequel flag 7 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 12, 2017 Maranda rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley Deputy Bruno Johnson is a man striving to make a difference in a world full of corruption, drugs, and EVERYONE FOR HIMSELF An early morning knock on the door brings Bruno the delivery of a newborn daughter with the mother disappearing before the door is shut Great start to this crime drama even though the baby plays very little in this story The frilly buggy on the cover is really misleading Anyway that being said Putnam moves Bruno through changes in his police career that includes gun fi Deputy Bruno Johnson is a man striving to make a difference in a world full of corruption, drugs, and EVERYONE FOR HIMSELF An early morning knock on the door brings Bruno the delivery of a newborn daughter with the mother disappearing before the door is shut Great start to this crime drama even though the baby plays very little in this story The frilly buggy on the cover is really misleading Anyway that being said Putnam moves Bruno through changes in his police career that includes gun fights, stake outs, dirty cops one who is a hot head danger to everyone around A fast moving plot Would have liked pages of the baby and Bruno s Dad who took over her care Some characters in the neighborhood took a spot light to make this a realistic en devour A copy of this book was provided by Oceanview Publishing via Netgalley with no requirements for a review I voluntarily read and the comments here are my honest opinion flag 7 likesLike see review Jan 23, 2018 Susan Furlong rated it it was amazing Excellent Read LA Sheriff Bruno Johnson goes undercover as a drug squad cop to investigate rud police misconduct The corruption he finds tests his own rationale for justice This story was engrossing, the writing concise and impactful, and Bruno is a compelling character THE INNOCENTS is a fast, thrilling joyride into the world of crime and policing from an author who knows his stuff Highly Recommended flag 5 likesLike see review Feb 06, 2018 Col rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018, p Synopsis blurb.Reminiscent of Michael Connelly s Harry BoschThe Early Years Book OneBruno Johnson, a newly minted LA County Sheriff Violent Crimes detective, gets the worst assignment possible infiltrate a sheriff s narcotics team that may be involved in murder for hire Gain their trust and be brought into the scheme If he succeeds, he will have to arrest and testify against his fellow deputies if he lives that long.To make matters worse, before Bruno leaves home on the first day of this a Synopsis blurb.Reminiscent of Michael Connelly s Harry BoschThe Early Years Book OneBruno Johnson, a newly minted LA County Sheriff Violent Crimes detective, gets the worst assignment possible infiltrate a sheriff s narcotics team that may be involved in murder for hire Gain their trust and be brought into the scheme If he succeeds, he will have to arrest and testify against his fellow deputies if he lives that long.To make matters worse, before Bruno leaves home on the first day of this assignment, he answers the door to find an ex girlfriend Without explanation, she hands him a baby girl only weeks old The child is his Stunned and terrified, he now faces immediate fatherhood as well as the traitor like charge to take down his colleagues.Juggling his complex home life, Bruno tackles his assignment to discover that no one is who they seem to be and that his boss, Lieutenant Wicks, might be involved His mission is further complicated when an attractive female deputy, recently transferred from Public Affairs, is also put on the case She has no street experience, and Bruno carries the extra burden of watching her back a tough assignment made tougher by personal attraction.As Bruno gets deeper and deeper into the corruption, he doesn t know whom to trust, and in the end, confides in the wrong person My takeThe Innocents is the fifth book from author Dave Putnam featuring Bruno Johnson and is a prequel, covering an early period in Bruno s law enforcement career Johnson is recruited to a violent crimes unit and soon after is sent undercover at the behest of the hierarchy to try and gain evidence of police corruption and wrong doing, specifically cops carrying out hits.It s a thankless task The two targets, Ricky Blue and Thibodeaux are manipulative, but effective cops and highly suspicious Thibodeaux takes an instant dislike to Bruno which adds to his sense of isolation A fourth member of the team, Chelsea Miller, an attractive female isn t someone Bruno immediately trusts, fearing her involvement with the unit might also be a strategic placement by some higher ups.Bruno has only been given a limited version of the truth concerning the operation His boss, Robbie Wicks has a personal vendetta going on with Blue Blue stole his wife Bruno can t help but feel he is a pawn in someone else s game His home life has been recently disrupted with an ex girlfriend dropping a bomb on Bruno in the form of an infant daughter and his father gets dragged into events when set up and arrested, as a means of gaining leverage over our man.It s a gripping read There s a real sense of isolation and a creeping paranoia for our man Day to day, the unit carries out operations designed to bring them closer to a drug king pin, who Bruno fears is the next contract target for the pair The operations are audacious and borderline legal, but effective in removing drugs from the street and getting information, bringing them closer to the big cheese I really liked the close up look at cops operating on the front line.Lots to like and a return to form after my muted reaction I might be in a minority to the last Johnson novel The Vanquished.An interesting story, slightly complex that you might immediately think Putnam kept me on my toes, I didn t really know who was pulling all the strings until the reveal quite close to the end All in all an entertaining read.4.5 from 5David Putnam has written four previous books in the series and a standalone novel Fire at Will.He has his website here in January, 2018Published 2018Page count 324Source ARC received from authorFormat trade paperbackhttp col2910 2018 02 flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 09, 2017 Chelsie rated it really liked it Shelves advanced reader books, on my shelves Detective Bruno Johnson is thrown into some challenges and decisions within a matter of days I enjoyed the story line and felt it was really engaging However, I felt there was almost too much going on right off the bat and at times things are repeated However it all shakes out in the wash with a few unseen twists I would read by this author I received a free advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review flag 4 likesLike see review Oct 01, 2017 Lynne Spreen rated it it was amazing I was given an Advance Reading Copy of this book with no expectation of a review The Innocents depicts a young Bruno Johnson, a newly minted LA County Sheriff Violent Crimes detective, who has to go undercover to investigate internal corruption But right from the beginning, things get complicated Exactly who is corrupt the supervisor who assigns him, the cops he surveils, or somebody higher up the chainand will Bruno end up as corrupt as the target This is a great story The action is we I was given an Advance Reading Copy of this book with no expectation of a review The Innocents depicts a young Bruno Johnson, a newly minted LA County Sheriff Violent Crimes detective, who has to go undercover to investigate internal corruption But right from the beginning, things get complicated Exactly who is corrupt the supervisor who assigns him, the cops he surveils, or somebody higher up the chainand will Bruno end up as corrupt as the target This is a great story The action is well paced, the characters are distinct and authentic, and the drama is intense, but there s another level, something I treasure in a novel a character s introspection as he or she evolves In the case of Bruno Johnson, we see a young detective being forged in the dark fires of undercover internal affairs The fact that the book was written by a career law enforcement professional makes it that much authentic It feels real Bruno wants to do good and be good, but he s a hunter of men, and there s a part of him that lives for the hunt This good man has his dark side, and as he alternately gives rein or reins in, we so identify with the rage, terror, and regret The sense of extreme danger is relentless in this story You can feel what it would be like to be there, and you just can t relax The dramatic suspense never lets up, and you cannot stop reading There are no super powers here Bruno is us He s a regular human, not a TV hero who can MacGuyver his way through the rough spots As he sweats a life threatening situation, you feel as if you are there It s sobering to think this author was in such or similar situations, or if not he, his colleagues Here s Bruno, a thinking cop who wonders about human motivation as he fears his own corruption In this case, he s pondering a bad, scary, evil coworker I wanted to know how it felt to kill two human beings, what it did to his soul It had to tear off a big chunk, a piece never to return, bringing his soul closer to the edge of extinctionHow much soul did one person have to risk And how much did my coworker have left Bruno can see the good in bad people, and vice versa David Putnam is really good at writing nuanced characters, and in doing so, he keeps us from being able to figure out the answers Which is where Bruno finds himself Is the bad guy really at fault, or is he being set up by the good guys What s the right move Is Bruno a hero or a chump As with real life, sometimes you don t know until the end, or until it s too late.Here s another example, where Bruno considers doing the wrong thing for the right reasons As he sits in a sweaty office trailer where he s in extreme danger, Bruno is thinking of going outside the law He gets the sudden and bitter taste of revenge, and I fought it, a battle of right and wrong that didn t last I slipped that much closer to the other side, to the evil I d dedicated my life to chasing The ending is perfect I enjoyed this younger version of Bruno Johnson very much, and I hope Putnam will continue writing about him flag 3 likesLike see review View 2 comments May 24, 2018 Sam Sattler rated it it was amazing Shelves crime fiction, series I come, as usual, late to a relatively new crime fiction series, this one featuring 25 year old policeman Bruno Johnson, but I m happy that I finally got here The Innocents is book five in the Bruno Johnson series, and in this one Bruno learns that he has an infant daughter only when she is handed to him by the baby s stressed out and exhausted mother That proves to be a problem, but because Bruno s father is thrilled with the addition to his family, it is not one that defeats the young polic I come, as usual, late to a relatively new crime fiction series, this one featuring 25 year old policeman Bruno Johnson, but I m happy that I finally got here The Innocents is book five in the Bruno Johnson series, and in this one Bruno learns that he has an infant daughter only when she is handed to him by the baby s stressed out and exhausted mother That proves to be a problem, but because Bruno s father is thrilled with the addition to his family, it is not one that defeats the young policeman.While trying to cope with the idea that he is a new father, Bruno takes on an extremely difficult assignment, one that sees him going undercover in an effort to nail two of the most ruthless cops imaginable, cops so bad that they have become on the job contract killers As Bruno tries to gather enough evidence to nail the two killers, he comes to the realization that he can t trust anyone, including his handlers, because no one turns out to be what they appear Now the question is will he live long enough to see his daughter reach her first birthday And if he does, will he still be with the police, or will he be in prison This is a fun ride, and I now fully intend to go back and find the first four books in the Bruno Johnson series because I want to enjoy all of the ride, not just part of it Good stuff flag 3 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 22, 2018 Aisling rated it it was amazing A crackling good read I think the cover is a little misleading this is a fast paced, gritty, police novel with some excellent twists and heart stopping moments There are a few very sweet reflections on new parenthood which only serves to make the protagonist LA Sheriff Bruno Johnson likeable but for the most part this is a straight up story of a cop who goes undercover I found it extremely believable and part of that is due to the author s own experiences This book reads like a Rober A crackling good read I think the cover is a little misleading this is a fast paced, gritty, police novel with some excellent twists and heart stopping moments There are a few very sweet reflections on new parenthood which only serves to make the protagonist LA Sheriff Bruno Johnson likeable but for the most part this is a straight up story of a cop who goes undercover I found it extremely believable and part of that is due to the author s own experiences This book reads like a Robert B Parker Spenser book in that the chapters are short, power packed, dialogue is whip smart, and along with your mystery you ll get some insights into humanity that really resonate.I highly recommend this author and this book Can t wait to read flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 27, 2017 Dave rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley books, read have The Innocents is a top notch fast paced action filled tale of police corruption, backstabbing, double dealing and trust and distrust Putnam has given us a tale that starts with a slight comedic bent and simply pours on the action fast and furious with the twists and turns coming so fast Deputy Bruno Johnson has no idea which way to turn or who to trust Drop Frank Serpico into Lynwood and into the Sheriff s Department and you have a taste of this tale Bring on the rest of the series Thanks to The Innocents is a top notch fast paced action filled tale of police corruption, backstabbing, double dealing and trust and distrust Putnam has given us a tale that starts with a slight comedic bent and simply pours on the action fast and furious with the twists and turns coming so fast Deputy Bruno Johnson has no idea which way to turn or who to trust Drop Frank Serpico into Lynwood and into the Sheriff s Department and you have a taste of this tale Bring on the rest of the series Thanks to Oceanview Publishing for providing a copy for review flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 23, 2018 3 no 7 rated it it was amazing The Innocents by David Putnam is part of his Bruno Johnson series, but it is not necessary to have read the other books to enjoy this one Those who have not read the previous books can jump right in without any problem In fact, this is the perfect place to start for a new reader because it is a prequel, set in 1988.Bruno Johnson is a new detective on the L A County Sheriff s Violent Crimes Team, and this book is his first person narrative This book is filled with action and drama that sta The Innocents by David Putnam is part of his Bruno Johnson series, but it is not necessary to have read the other books to enjoy this one Those who have not read the previous books can jump right in without any problem In fact, this is the perfect place to start for a new reader because it is a prequel, set in 1988.Bruno Johnson is a new detective on the L A County Sheriff s Violent Crimes Team, and this book is his first person narrative This book is filled with action and drama that starts with a surprising revelation in chapter one, and goes on to chronicle all that Johnson has to deal with over the next few days in his personal and professional life The action is non stop and runs the gamut from the mundane to the incredibly complex It is hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys, especially since some people are both Johnson has to juggle training a new partner, dealing with unreliable coworkers, uncovering possible corruption in the department, and solving violent crimes all in a few days Oh, wait We must not forget that little personal complication that cannot be ignored.The book is narrative driven, and we learn about the cast of characters as Johnson sees them We share Johnson s thoughts, question, and fears in every situation The conversations are realistic and revealing Page after page is filled with suspense, action, and non stop twists and turns Johnson has a busy few days that come to a surprising end I received a copy of The Innocents from David Putnam, Oceanview Publishing, and Net Galley in exchange for an impartial review This is a book filled with realistic conflicts, complicated relationships, and non stop action I highly recommend it flag 2 likesLike see review Apr 21, 2018 Joan rated it really liked it Bruno Johnson, newly assigned as a Los Angeles Sheriff Violent Crimes detective and tasked with infiltrating a narcotics team believed to be involved in murder for hire, is reluctant to trust anyone Will he find a way to stop the killers or will his efforts end his career But Bruno has than work on his mind He s just learned that he has a newborn daughter when her mother handed him the baby and left So he s on the fast track for learning how to care for an infant and discovering ho Bruno Johnson, newly assigned as a Los Angeles Sheriff Violent Crimes detective and tasked with infiltrating a narcotics team believed to be involved in murder for hire, is reluctant to trust anyone Will he find a way to stop the killers or will his efforts end his career But Bruno has than work on his mind He s just learned that he has a newborn daughter when her mother handed him the baby and left So he s on the fast track for learning how to care for an infant and discovering how having a child changes both his life and his perspective But there s still the officers that may well be contract killers And Bruno needs to find the answers before it s too late.Fast paced, gritty, and filled with suspense, this well drawn police procedural offers believable characters, a twisty plot, and an insight into the dangers faced by those who choose law enforcement careers Although this is the fifth in the Bruno Johnson series, it looks back to the early days of his career Readers will find much to appreciate in Bruno s introspective musings as he struggles with his assignment The ever increasing tension leads to an unexpected reveal late in the story readers will find it difficult to set this one aside before reaching the final page.Recommended flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 04, 2018 Elissa rated it really liked it Dog Heavy This novel goes dark and darker but includes enough humanity and levity to keep it out of darkest as it delves into the inner workings and failings of modern police work and the frailties of humans on both sides of the law At its heart is Bruno, carefully reared and with a strong moral compass but a barely controlled temper in the face of injustice, something that can set him at conflict with his calling as a sheriff However, the story starts out as almost a romantic farce, with his Dog Heavy This novel goes dark and darker but includes enough humanity and levity to keep it out of darkest as it delves into the inner workings and failings of modern police work and the frailties of humans on both sides of the law At its heart is Bruno, carefully reared and with a strong moral compass but a barely controlled temper in the face of injustice, something that can set him at conflict with his calling as a sheriff However, the story starts out as almost a romantic farce, with his ex girlfriend dumping his weeks old daughter of whose existence he had been completely unaware into his arms before disappearing So now we can throw nascent fatherhood into the mix of conflicting priorities You won t know until the last reel which are the good guys and which the bad and for some you may still not be sure The intensity will pull you along despite misgivings about the moral center of a number of the players, and rationalizing bad decisions seems to be the order of the day flag 2 likesLike see review May 30, 2018 Dan rated it really liked it Bruno Johnson get assigned to LA Sheriff s violent crimes division and then is sent to the narcotics division to infiltrate what could be a murder for hire within that department But before all this happens, his ex girlfriend drops of his daughter one he did not know about because she can t handle the newborn So now not only does he have to take care of his daughter he must spy on other cops Relying hard to keep his honor and integrity, he doesn t know who to trust or what to believe This Bruno Johnson get assigned to LA Sheriff s violent crimes division and then is sent to the narcotics division to infiltrate what could be a murder for hire within that department But before all this happens, his ex girlfriend drops of his daughter one he did not know about because she can t handle the newborn So now not only does he have to take care of his daughter he must spy on other cops Relying hard to keep his honor and integrity, he doesn t know who to trust or what to believe This is my first encounter with the Bruno Johnson novels, and although at times it is a little over the top great for an action movie , it is a great read Characters with depth, intense situations and a fast paced narrative makes me want to read It certainly kept me on the edge flag 2 likesLike see review Apr 13, 2018 Neil rated it liked it Shelves netgalley, thriller I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.This was a enjoyable story but was too far fetched in places for a higher rating flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 17, 2018 Nina Jumps added it Shelves winner This was an excellent book, the story and the characters are so believable Another action packed novel by David Putnam, his novels keep getting better and better If you enjoy fast paced action and suspense, you will enjoy this book.Nina flag 2 likesLike see review Feb 19, 2018 Scott Parsons rated it it was amazing Shelves crime, mystery This is my first encounter with David Putnam s Bruno Johnson I thoroughly enjoyed this book and thought it was first rate I was surprised to find that it is a prequel to other Bruno Johnson novels We first encounter Bruno having a shower after a night of sex with a vivacious redhead, secretary to one of the other characters in the novel A loud banging on his door disrupts their play When he opens the door his former girlfriend Sonja comes rushing in with a baby in tow She informs him that This is my first encounter with David Putnam s Bruno Johnson I thoroughly enjoyed this book and thought it was first rate I was surprised to find that it is a prequel to other Bruno Johnson novels We first encounter Bruno having a shower after a night of sex with a vivacious redhead, secretary to one of the other characters in the novel A loud banging on his door disrupts their play When he opens the door his former girlfriend Sonja comes rushing in with a baby in tow She informs him that the baby is his and that she cannot cope with it and the baby is now his to care for After her abrupt departure Bruno wrestles with his new dilemnna He is due at work on the Violent Crimes squad What to do about the baby Fortunately his dad who lives alone comes to his assistance and enlists the help of a next door neighbor who can baby sit the baby while Bruno and his Dad are at work.Bruno reports to the Violent Crimes squad where he and a colleague are assigned to assist two narcotics cops Big Blue and Thibodeaux in apprehending a gang of robbers who have been preying repeatedly on customers at a gas station During the takedown a major gunfight ensues and most of the robbers plus the customer are killed Blue turns out to be a ruthless and fearless bad ass with no respect for police protocol Bruno is then invited to a BBQ at his boss Wicks s residence When he arrives there he is only the guest Later the Deputy Chief appears Bruno is asked to go undercover by joining the narcotics squad and keeping a careful eye on their activities Wicks and the Deputy Chief suspect that Blue and Thibodeaux are contract killers for a person or persons unknown It appears that many of their encounters with criminals are arranged in such a way as to take out someone they have been hired to kill.When Bruno reports for duty he finds another person, a female detective named Chelsea, is also being assigned to the squad She claims to be from Public Relations looking for some real police action Bruno begins to suspect that she is not who she claims to be but is not sure whether she is a potential ally or enemy.A number of takedowns occur as the team hunts for a narcotics king known as Mo Mo The momentum builds to a crescendo until Bruno gets a tip which gets him to a location that Mo Mo sometimes frequents Bruno tries to avert the contract killing by luring Mo Mo to that location But then all hell breaks out as Mo Mo resists and Blue and Thibodeaux appear on the scene with their ideas as to how this should end A couple of surprise appearances by two other characters who finally reveal their true colors result in a free for all which Bruno survives to participate in another adventure.A very well written and plotted police tale Definitely not your usual whodunit This was an ARC via Net Galley flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 12, 2018 Joanne rated it it was ok Eh, not for me I guess Received an ARC of this in a giveaway I found the storyline to be TOO fast paced His first day on the job in a new highly sought after Violent Crimes team he is out all night on a operation involving multiple fatal shootings, then within a day or two is strong armed into going undercover to bust dirty cops who are running a kill for hire scheme These dirty cops have no problem engaging in questionable activities in front of a cop they don t know at all and th Eh, not for me I guess Received an ARC of this in a giveaway I found the storyline to be TOO fast paced His first day on the job in a new highly sought after Violent Crimes team he is out all night on a operation involving multiple fatal shootings, then within a day or two is strong armed into going undercover to bust dirty cops who are running a kill for hire scheme These dirty cops have no problem engaging in questionable activities in front of a cop they don t know at all and then pretty quickly accept him and take him into their confidence Everything just develops way too quickly I would have liked to have been acclimated to this police world and the characters in it The author also throws out police terms with no explanation of what they are, and it isn t always possible to figure out their meaning from the context terms like paper hanger , black bag wiretap , solenoid doors.And I have a MAJOR problem with the baby girl storyline What an unnecessary distraction Day one of the novel an ex drops off a 2 week old newborn he knew nothing about Taking care of a newborn is a BIG DEAL Yet it causes no of a disruption in his life than watching a friend s goldfish or something He spends almost all of his time on the job Fine, he is a police officer with long hours, but he never seems to be making sure the neighbor or his dad are OK taking care of the baby all day or overnight There is no mention of anyone going out to acquire all the baby necessities or the main character struggling to learn how to feed and burp a baby, change a diaper, etc etc When I was reading about all the police shenanigans part of me kept thinking but what about the baby I don t understand why the author made the baby part of the story flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 25, 2017 Kyle Robertson rated it it was amazing David Putnam uses his decades of law enforcement experience to write authentic police thrillers This fantastic novel is based on real life accounts that Putnam experiences early on in his career This is the first book I have read in the Bruno Johnson series, and it did not disappoint Bruno Johnson is all set to begin his career as a detective in the LA County Sheriff s Violent Crimes Division On his first day he receives a bombshell as his daughter, which he knew nothing about, is dumped on David Putnam uses his decades of law enforcement experience to write authentic police thrillers This fantastic novel is based on real life accounts that Putnam experiences early on in his career This is the first book I have read in the Bruno Johnson series, and it did not disappoint Bruno Johnson is all set to begin his career as a detective in the LA County Sheriff s Violent Crimes Division On his first day he receives a bombshell as his daughter, which he knew nothing about, is dumped on his doorstep But Bruno s problems are just beginning The department brass develop a plan to use Bruno to infiltrate a narcotics team that is infected with dirty cops Along the way Bruno encounters some dangerous people and situations, and his dad and daughter are always in the back of his mind as he performs his job Bruno soon senses that things aren t quite right when it comes to the details that have been shared with him He struggles to make sense of the investigation as he figures out who exactly he can trust in this game This book has a complex cast of characters Some will definitely rub you the wrong way, and others you will find yourself rooting for The nature of the work that Bruno is tasked with and the characters combine to keep the tension ratcheted high, leading to an explosive conclusion that you won t see coming I will eagerly anticipate the next installment in this series as it is sure to pack the action and suspense that this book delivers I would recommend this book to fans of police procedurals, thrillers, and suspense I received this as a free ARC from Oceanview Publishing on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 08, 2017 InDtale Magazine rated it really liked it Shelves 2017 november, genre suspense thriller, rating 4 star, steam 1 The Innocents is a wonderful roller coaster ride, full of twists and turns on every page that will keep readers holding their breaths to the very end Read full review in the 2017 November issue of InD tale Magazine flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 29, 2018 Jean Jenkins rated it it was amazing As Bruno Johnson s latest assignment unfolds, one wonders who had it harder the writer who layered so many complex events perfectly in place, or Bruno who is celebrating being named to an elite new squad the Los Angeles County Sheriff s Violent Crimes Team only to find out he s been brought in on a ruse and is assigned to work undercover to bring down some dirty cops who play for keeps when they feel threatened Add to Bruno s complications, his baby girl who is dropped in his lap unexpectedly As Bruno Johnson s latest assignment unfolds, one wonders who had it harder the writer who layered so many complex events perfectly in place, or Bruno who is celebrating being named to an elite new squad the Los Angeles County Sheriff s Violent Crimes Team only to find out he s been brought in on a ruse and is assigned to work undercover to bring down some dirty cops who play for keeps when they feel threatened Add to Bruno s complications, his baby girl who is dropped in his lap unexpectedly before the mom disappears As his personal pressure mounts and the games get rougher, Bruno has to step carefully and out think everyone around him if he hopes to stay alive and return to his daughter at end of shift Just as Bruno can t let down, neither can the reader This complicated, unrelentingly tight story demands that the reader pay attention while Bruno works his way into and out of scrapes that would defeat a lesser person Get comfortable this one s a white knuckle ride flag 1 likeLike see review Apr 26, 2018 Darcia Helle rated it did not like it Shelves review copies, ebooks, suspense thriller mystery I m clearly in the minority, but, for me, this story was a mess.Right at the opening, Bruno s ex girlfriend shows up at his house and shoves a two week old baby at him, saying it s his and she doesn t want the kid Then she leaves This should be dramatic A huge deal But it s not She could have been dropping off a turtle or a load of laundry for all the trouble it caused him At no time does Bruno shop for baby stuff The car seat, crib, diapers, formula, clothing, etc must have appeared ma I m clearly in the minority, but, for me, this story was a mess.Right at the opening, Bruno s ex girlfriend shows up at his house and shoves a two week old baby at him, saying it s his and she doesn t want the kid Then she leaves This should be dramatic A huge deal But it s not She could have been dropping off a turtle or a load of laundry for all the trouble it caused him At no time does Bruno shop for baby stuff The car seat, crib, diapers, formula, clothing, etc must have appeared magically, paid for with Monopoly money He never misses work His social life doesn t suffer He doesn t check in, arrange child care, worry about pediatrician appointments or vaccines or colic or diaper rash or sleepless nights He just does what he wants He supposedly loves this child and worries, though I don t know exactly when this connection happens I certainly didn t feel it.Bruno s father immediately takes over child care, no questions asked, which either makes him a saint or an idiot He hires a full time nanny right away, because, as any working parent knows, that s simple and inexpensive Yes, that was sarcasm Then either Bruno moves in with his father or just hangs out there when he visits his kid I don t know, because it was all unclear The baby issue was far of a distraction for me than for Bruno As the story moved on, I kept wondering about the baby Who has her Why doesn t Bruno ever check in Does he even think about custody issues A court order Something The whole baby angle was a pointless part of the plot that simply didn t work.Then we have Bruno s job, which is a high octane game of cops and robbers Bruno s career goes at lightning speed Dirty cops and questionable shootings and no one ever sleeps There isn t a lot of character development Bruno comes off as immature He flies off the handle at his superiors And what about the baby We spend a whole lot of time and detail on stake outs and shoot outs and take downs Every little nuance of these situations is covered.But what about the baby The baby didn t matter Not even in the end So what was the point of it all I don t know I received an ebook copy from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 16, 2018 Jo Ann rated it it was amazing Shelves mystery writers I found The Innocents to be engaging and entertaining Mr Putnam neatly illustrates the ambiguity of moral conduct, and that bad people can do good things while good people can do bad things I found myself empathizing with most of the characters with the exception of Thibodeaux I ll definitely read the series flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 06, 2018 Lara Jerengan rated it it was amazing This is another great book about police, but it isn t a traditional book about solving a case It is about the relationships between the police officers and their character It was a very interesting book about very fallible humans who happen to be police Even though it is Bruno Johnson 5, don t be afraid to read this one first It is a throwback to his past flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 09, 2018 Bertha rated it did not like it I m sorry to say I had a very hard time getting into this book and I never connected with the characters There were too many police terms that I didn t understand I guess this is not my kind of book flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 12, 2018 Joanie Canzone rated it it was amazing Shelves wein s book club Loved the book and can t wait to read the others in the series Kept me guessing and had lots of twists and turns Couldn t put it down flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 29, 2018 Angie rated it really liked it Shelves book shelf challenge 2018 Many levels in this book Who do you trust if your life and the lives of your family depend on it The protagonist LA Sheriff Detective Bruno Johnson is faced with this question at every turn The story draws the reader in and keeps you hooked until the end Great set up for a sequel 4.5 5 stars flag 1 likeLike see review Apr 23, 2018 Renee rated it it was amazing review of another edition I received this book from Good ReadsThis was a great book and I could not put it down flag 1 likeLike see review Apr 15, 2018 MaryKaye rated it it was amazing He comes from the ghetto He has street smarts and a temper Bruno Johnson is working his way up from a street cop to being a violent crime sheriff detective Bruno has been given a special undercover assignment and he will need to use his common sense He tries to do things right and he does not always succeed He lets his emotions come into play on the job and with his family This book is a prequel to the other books, so you should read this one first This book is full of action, mystery, an He comes from the ghetto He has street smarts and a temper Bruno Johnson is working his way up from a street cop to being a violent crime sheriff detective Bruno has been given a special undercover assignment and he will need to use his common sense He tries to do things right and he does not always succeed He lets his emotions come into play on the job and with his family This book is a prequel to the other books, so you should read this one first This book is full of action, mystery, and hold your breath moments I enjoyed this book very much You will not guess or know the ending, until the END So hold onI also read The Squandered and it was also a 5 star read.I received this book free from for a honest opinion Thank You for putting me onto this author flag 1 likeLike see review Apr 14, 2018 Paula Ackley rated it really liked it Even though The Innocents is Bruno Johnson 5 it is actually the prequel to the series I also read The Replacements by David Putnam and like that book The Innocents is a good read It is fast paced with no filler and nonstop action The storyline keeps moving forward and with all the twists and turns you don t know who to trust, who has your back or who are the good bad guys until the very end Mr Putnam s knowledge of the inner workings of the Los Angeles Sheriff s Department is evident throug Even though The Innocents is Bruno Johnson 5 it is actually the prequel to the series I also read The Replacements by David Putnam and like that book The Innocents is a good read It is fast paced with no filler and nonstop action The storyline keeps moving forward and with all the twists and turns you don t know who to trust, who has your back or who are the good bad guys until the very end Mr Putnam s knowledge of the inner workings of the Los Angeles Sheriff s Department is evident throughout the book whether he s writing dialogue or describing stakeouts and procedure Like any prequel The Innocents sets you up for the rest of the series even though it does come to a satisfying conclusion flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity The Mystery, Crim 100 Bound Advance Review Copies Up for grabs 8 32 Dec 07, 2017 10 52PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        Best selling author David Putnam comes from a family of law enforcement During his career, he did it all worked in narcotics, served on FBI sponsored violent crimes teams, and was cross sworn as a US Marshall, pursuing murder suspects and bank robbers in Arizona, Nevada, and California Putnam did two tours on the San Bernardino County Sheriff s SWAT team He also has experience in criminal inte Best selling author David Putnam comes from a family of law enforcement During his career, he did it all worked in narcotics, served on FBI sponsored violent crimes teams, and was cross sworn as a US Marshall, pursuing murder suspects and bank robbers in Arizona, Nevada, and California Putnam did two tours on the San Bernardino County Sheriff s SWAT team He also has experience in criminal intelligence and internal affairs and has supervised corrections, patrol, and a detective bureau In Hawaii, Putnam was a member of the real life Hawaii Five O, serving as Special Agent for the Attorney General investigating smuggling and white collar crimes Putnam lives in Southern California with his wife, Mary


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    1. Bruno Johnson 5 Bruno Johnson, a newly minted LA County Sheriff Violent Crimes Detective, gets the worst assignment possible infiltrate a Sherriff s narcotic team that may be involved in murder for hire He needs to gain their trust and be brought into the scheme If he succeeds, he will have to arrest and testify against his fellow deputies if he lives that long Before Bruno leaves home on his first day of his assignment, he answers the door to find an ex girlfriend Without explanation Bruno John [...]


    2. Readers first encounter Bruno Johnson in the shower with his boss s curvaceous, red headed secretary, who hears a knock Bruno tears himself away, despite his shower mate s wheedling objections, and throws open the front door to discover the red head s apparent predecessor, holding a two week old baby The dripping secretary struggles into her dress, grabs her bra and panties, and heads out the door exclaiming You re a real asshole, Bruno Johnson, followed moments later by the baby mama, who p Rea [...]


    3. Deputy Bruno Johnson is a man striving to make a difference in a world full of corruption, drugs, and EVERYONE FOR HIMSELF An early morning knock on the door brings Bruno the delivery of a newborn daughter with the mother disappearing before the door is shut Great start to this crime drama even though the baby plays very little in this story The frilly buggy on the cover is really misleading Anyway that being said Putnam moves Bruno through changes in his police career that includes gun fi Deput [...]


    4. Excellent Read LA Sheriff Bruno Johnson goes undercover as a drug squad cop to investigate rud police misconduct The corruption he finds tests his own rationale for justice This story was engrossing, the writing concise and impactful, and Bruno is a compelling character THE INNOCENTS is a fast, thrilling joyride into the world of crime and policing from an author who knows his stuff Highly Recommended.


    5. Synopsis blurb.Reminiscent of Michael Connelly s Harry BoschThe Early Years Book OneBruno Johnson, a newly minted LA County Sheriff Violent Crimes detective, gets the worst assignment possible infiltrate a sheriff s narcotics team that may be involved in murder for hire Gain their trust and be brought into the scheme If he succeeds, he will have to arrest and testify against his fellow deputies if he lives that long.To make matters worse, before Bruno leaves home on the first day of this a Synop [...]


    6. Detective Bruno Johnson is thrown into some challenges and decisions within a matter of days I enjoyed the story line and felt it was really engaging However, I felt there was almost too much going on right off the bat and at times things are repeated However it all shakes out in the wash with a few unseen twists I would read by this author I received a free advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.


    7. I was given an Advance Reading Copy of this book with no expectation of a review The Innocents depicts a young Bruno Johnson, a newly minted LA County Sheriff Violent Crimes detective, who has to go undercover to investigate internal corruption But right from the beginning, things get complicated Exactly who is corrupt the supervisor who assigns him, the cops he surveils, or somebody higher up the chainand will Bruno end up as corrupt as the target This is a great story The action is we I was gi [...]


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