THE INNOCENTS by David Putnam reviewed by Abbigail Thelen
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Before becoming a writer, David Putnam served in a number of law enforcement roles: SWAT sniper, FBI violent crimes team, and US Marshal, to name a few. Surely, it’s this depth of experience that gives Putnam’s best-selling book series such riveting, gritty authenticity. His latest title, The Innocents, is the fifth in the Bruno Johnson series. From the start, Putnam slams you with drama—Bruno’s ex-girlfriend, Marie, surprises him with a newborn that’s his. Now, Bruno must learn to juggle his new responsibility as a father and the increasingly complex situation at work. It’s bad enough that his boss, Lieutenant Wicks, might be involved in a murderfor-hire scheme, but being saddled with a distractingly pretty newbie cop for the investigation? Putnam’s writing style is fast and direct, leaving lesser details to the audience’s imagination. Another thing of note? Much of the story is dialogue-driven, which puts emphasis on the emotional aspects of this story. It’s not hard to root for this everyman hero who’d do just about anything to bring justice to those who deserve it. While it’s not mandatory, I’d advise picking up the previous Bruno Johnson thrillers (The Disposables, The Replacements, The Squandered, and The Vanquished), before reading this one. Knowing how Bruno has evolved, and how he stumbled into parenthood, and what mentally broke his ex-girlfriend, will add to the drama and suspense here. All in all, The Innocents is a high-suspense crime thriller worth a read.
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