Buddy Steel #3
Poisoned Pen Press
On Sale: May 14, 2019
Featuring: Buddy Steel
Hardcover / e-Book
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Mystery | Mystery Police Procedural
When San Remo County Acting Sheriff Buddy Steel is deputized
by the California Coastal Commission to investigate a
reclusive Russian billionaire who has repeatedly violated
state law by obstructing public access to his vast
beachfront property, he makes a shocking discovery. And
learns that the politicos, some with a history of
corruption, some just chicken, will not back up
This makes Buddy, a former LAPD cop
dragged home by his Sheriff father's ALS diagnosis to
"temporarily" head the department, dig in his heels and
face down the Russian's imported goon squad. It can and
will get uglier.
At the same time a string of random
murders in the county's normally sleepy town of Freedom, a
wealthy enclave up the coast from Los Angeles, places the
Sheriff's Department on high alert as it seeks to apprehend
a serial killer whose crimes are so perfectly executed they
leave no forensic evidence.
Buddy enlists an old
adversary in his war with the Russian. She's a legal shark
from L.A., a savvy negotiatorâ€”and former lover. He needs to
carry this fight to court. And he needs more backupâ€”from the
Sheriff's Department staff, not the Sheriff, who resists
being sidelined. Nor Freedom's mayor, Buddy's
Unconventional and meticulously obtuse in
his methodology, wild card cynic Buddy Steel barrels his way
through the myriad obstacles that defy him. He may not want
the job but his quest for serving the law is
Wild Card is the third in the Buddy Steel
series by Hollywood ace Michael Brandman who, among his
other credits, has both written New York Times bestsellers
in the Robert B. Parker Jesse Stone series and brought Jesse
to the screen in nine films starring Tom Selleck.
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