The Reckless: David Putnam
Events happen in your life and come back at you when you least expect it. People that hold a special place in your heart, disappear and then come out of nowhere will change your entire perspective on situations as they unravel, and you begin to see things in a different light. Within this novel Bruno Johnson, a detective in the Violent Crimes Unit, will look deep into his soul, understand his rage at times and find himself in conflicting situations that involve people that he thought he could trust, thought had his back and learn the meaning of deception, betrayal, loyalties, honesty and protection of those dear to him.
When the FBI decides to enlist the help of the Sheriff’s department to solve several cold cases did, they really want their help or was there an underlying reason? Can you see things clearly when your blind to the truth and a veil or clouds of darkness hide the clarity within your eyes seeing only what you want to see and hiding the truth and limiting what you know will eventually come to light but you refuse to face.
Coming to the first meeting along with his sergeant, new best friend Ned who came out of nowhere to be on his team after being gone from his life for a long time, and another detective Gibbs they would enter a world of deceit, lies and uncover the truth behind why they were asked to join this group to take down three notorious bank robbers and one so dangerous that he put the lives of young teens in danger by enlisting them to do his bidding and rob banks at gunpoint.
Three cases that are cold and yet when Bruno and his team check out the files something happens that sends him on the trail of the first bank robber, Dominic Johnson known as the Handsome Bandit. But, Bruno was in for a shock when Special Agent Chelsea Miller walks into the room and his expression takes on a different turn as she is now in charge of his group and the final outcome when the suspect is caught will alert readers that there is something about her that might change your perspective about her in the your eyes but what about Bruno. At times you will find that he is blindsided by the people trusted and would learn that not every situation was what it appeared to be and not everyone was who or what he thought. Ned came to his home hoping to have his daughter Beth remain in the care of the same sitter for Olivia his daughter while he got himself situated and in a stable position. As you get to know Ned as a person you realize that he is hot tempered and flies off the handle quite a bit and as a detective he is smart, astute and as the title of the book states Reckless to a fault and at times goes off grid in many ways. Bruno is smart and impetuous and thinks out of the box and when the first suspect is caught, and he takes flak for his methods you wonder why anyone would not want him to do his thing even though it’s an unorthodox method of getting the job done. Moving to the second cold case of another bank robber called the Bogart Bandit the takedown is also quite inventive and unique, but the third case will leave readers cold and wondering just how does a man hire teens to rob banks, kill and do his bidding while he stands back at times and watches? How can this man get away without being seen or getting caught until Gadd, AKA the Darkman turns on something in Bruno’s memory that sets in motion events that will bring the past to the present and what happens in between you won’t believe?
Reuniting with his partner Ned they connect in many ways and yet Bruno realizes that at times Ned goes off on his own yet at times Bruno tends to look away at his faults. Beth is Ned’s main concern but when something triggers his anger and Bruno learns the truth about Beth, his ex-wife Hannah who is now with another cop named JB, what do they learn about why he has Beth and is she really his daughter?
Things get out of hand and Bruno’s morals and tactics are questioned as he learns the truth about Chelsea and her new relationship with her boss. Taken off as the lead on the second and third case, the man in charge resents Bruno and the end result as to why you will learn as the cases unfold and the body count rises but whose will shock you the most?
Lives are intertwined and when Bruno realizes the reasons why his team was chosen to join in the hunt for these killers and why the case with the kids would require some moral and ethical rules to be broken, he realizes that it was a set up talking to Wicks his boss and then he acts to bring all of them down. The Darkman killed four people in a senseless murder and the case if still cold but he is determined to take him down for what happened to someone close to him that he will never forgive and must live with for the rest of his life. Another betrayed him and when Bruno is somewhat kidnapped, and words are spoken it’s up to him whether to believe what he’s told or walk away. A young teen’s aunt wants him to find him, help save his life and then make sure he is not arrested for his deeds but not every promise can be kept as you will learn, and the outcome will shock you to the core. A statement made to someone on his team, a reckless move that would haunt Bruno in the end and a dangerous killer who is linked to someone he thought he could trust. Lies, betrayals, a young child abused by someone thought to be trusted, a man who arrived at his doorstep and the hidden truth revealed as to why, as the cases come to a close and the final bodies are placed in the morgue and the truth behind someone’s appearance and actions are told, will Bruno’s moral and ethical values win in the end? Will he look away and change the outcome of what should be done? Devon D’Arcy was caught within the system that would make him the perfect mark for Gadd. Money is the fringe benefit and the lure and whether it was murder, robbery or anything that would gain him worth or standing this young teen would not hesitate to do it and the others followed suit.
With his father a mailman and the one person who could center him, Bruno faces a hard decision at the end and the final conclusion will take him to a different level and you the reader will either understand or not understand his actions and reactions to what he learns from someone he thought he could trust and the final outcome defines the word reckless to a T. Unconcerned and not deterred about the consequences of his actions, throwing caution to the wind and proceeding from carelessness yet his heart in some respects, Bruno Johnson has to look long and hard, deep into himself, pray for his child’s love and understanding, realizing the depth to which he has to dig inside and them decide how to deal with losses that will never fade from his memory again. One last request will he honor it: BMF? Characters that are well crafted, a plot based partially on a real-life experience and an author that created a character that you will either admire, admonish or just plain respect.
Fran Lewis: Just reviews/MJ Network/MJ magazine