The Ruthless (A Bruno Johnson Thriller Book 8) by David Putnam @daveputnam @oceanviewpub #TheRuthless #NetGalley #BookReview

The Ruthless (A Bruno Johnson Thriller Book 8) by [David Putnam]


Bruno Johnson, shaken to his core, but still a formidable force—an unrelenting focus on doing the right thing—unwilling to let anyone or anything stand in his way

Pushed to his emotional limit, Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputy Bruno Johnson struggles to hold his family together while immersed in his unrelenting career. His daughter, Olivia, is a teen mom to twin toddlers; her common-law husband, Derek Sams, is a thug; and one of their little boys has disappeared under his care.

The overwhelming intensity demanded of Bruno on this personal level is compounded by the brutal shotgun murder of a superior court judge and his wife, both friends of his. Bruno cannot ignore these violent crimes even though he’s supposedly off the law enforcement grid—undercover—working an illegal gun sting.

Tragedy strikes Bruno’s life on all fronts: family, friends, and professional—however, none of these colossal forces can match the unthinkable catastrophe that will forever dominate Bruno’s life.

Perfect for fans of Robert Crais and Michael Connelly

While all of the novels in the Bruno Johnson Crime Series stand on their own and can be read in any order, the publication sequence is:

The Disposables
The Replacements
The Squandered
The Vanquished
The Innocents
The Reckless
The Heartless
The Ruthless

The Sinister (coming February 2022)


The Ruthless


This is a deep and complex story where County Sheriff Deputy Bruno Johnson is working undercover as Karl Higgins, buying illegal guns and getting them out of circulation and off the street. Meanwhile, his family are in ruins as he seems surrounded by death and terrible secrets that are just too hard to share with his fragile father.

I have come into this story quite late on, but it was surprisingly easy to pick up. Johnson is a strong character and is at a point where the law seems to be protecting the bad guys more than the ones enforcing it. The story takes you down into the despicable depths of depravity as it unravels and opens up avenues to the real cause of the death of Johnson’s daughter and the fate of one of his twin grandson’s.

The chapters are full of frustration as Johnson’s hands are tied to bring criminals to justice. But how much heartbreak can one person take before they blow? There isn’t a let-up in this intense story as it shifts between Johnson’s undercover work and tangled personal frustration. Putnam has developed strong characters in the story, on both sides of the law. It is a hard-hitting story, not for the faint-hearted. It will be interesting to see where it will all end.

When Johnson hears that two of his close friends, a Judge and his wife, have been murdered in their home, it is the last straw, but will he cross the line? The action never stops.

I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for an e-copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly.


David Putnam

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. –This text refers to the paperback edition.

Twitter: @daveputnam

The Ruthless (A Bruno Johnson Thriller Book 8) by [David Putnam]

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