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"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."—Booklist
The Squandered propels Bruno into an emotionally charged high-speed chase as he and Marie leave their rescued kids in Costa Rica and risk returning to the US at the request of Bruno's terminally ill father. Bruno's estranged and incarcerated brother needs Bruno to help rescue his abducted young grandchildren—children that Bruno hadn't known existed.
Bruno cannot deny his father, and Marie will not let Bruno go alone. As fugitives, they return to the US to face not only imminent arrest, but also to confront ruthless kidnappers, drug dealers, and government agents who will stop at nothing to keep a secret buried forever.
Glimpses of Bruno's law enforcement past shed light on the mayhem they encounter once they are discovered in LA. It seems that Bruno's brother, Noble, has inadvertently kicked a hornet's nest of criminals, both in and out of prison. He has also stirred up various law enforcement agencies looking to find a long-missing cache of nine million dollars' worth of cocaine, and Noble's grandchildren are caught in the crosshairs.
The chase, the brutality, and the emotional stress tests Bruno and Marie's relationship and force them to define family—what's okay to forgive, and what should never be forgotten. Armed with a new moral code, will they live long enough to put it into practice?
Child Abduction, Iran Contra affair, Inmates, Loyalty, cocaine, prison escape, LAPD, Prisons, Honor, Los Angeles, Family, organized crime, Brother against brother, Conspiracy, CIA, Government conspiracy, Sheriff, Kidnap, Brotherly love