Wild Card


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.

 At the same time a string of random murders in the normally sleepy town of Freedom place the Sheriff's department on high alert as it seeks to apprehend a mysterious serial killer.

 Unconventional and obtuse in his methodology, wild card cynic Buddy Steel barrels his way through the myriad obstacles that defy him and threaten his quest to serve the cause of justice.

"An amazing third novel.  What a ride! I love Mr. Brandman’s style of writing…sarcasm, humor, brief dialog and action that will keep you cheering for Buddy as he solves things his way."  5 stars out of 5
                                                  --  A Net Galley Review



One On One


The quiet of a pastoral spring morning is shattered for Buddy Steel by the discovery of a much favored High School sports coach, brutally murdered in his office.

The ensuing investigation leads Buddy into a clandestine universe of sexual deception involving play parties, unwitting athletes, over-privileged youths, treacherous bullies and shocking malfeasance.

And when a sudden outbreak of widespread graffiti desecration threatens the bucolic beauty of Freedom township, the Sheriff's department, led by Buddy in his father's absence, is forced to find new and challenging ways in which to thwart it.

Irreverent and smart-mouthed, Buddy Steel wends his way through a maze of misdirections and chicanery until he discovers the horrendous truth lurking beneath the coach's murder, all the while tracking down and apprehending the so-called graffiti artists.

ONE ON ONE is an unpredictable adventure, filled with twists and turns and a surfeit of stunning shocks and surprises.

"Readers will enjoy this fast-paced mystery.  With well-developed characters and a plot that takes issues straight from the headlines, this is a good read."
                                                  -- Elise Cooper, Crimespree Magazine


Missing Persons


MISSING PERSONS is the first book in the new Buddy Steel mystery series by New York Times best selling author, Michael Brandman.

Steel... smart, aggressive, ironic, spare and cynical... has been content working homicide at the LAPD until his father, the legendary Sheriff Burton Steel, falls ill with Lou Gehrig's disease. 

Sheriff Steel is headquartered in Freedom, a privileged coastal community located a hundred miles north of Los Angeles.  His health failing, he asks his son Buddy to come home to cover his back and to groom him to be his successor.

Buddy reluctantly agrees.  He returns to Freedom despite having outgrown its small town limits, wary of his father's authoritarianism.

No sooner does he hit town than Buddy learns the wife of the high-flying star of a Freedom based world-renowned television ministry has gone missing.  A visit to the woman's home leads to a hostile confrontation with her husband's family and Buddy's realization that something greater than simply a missing person is at stake.

Allegiance between father and son provides the backdrop for Buddy's complex investigation of twisted families, avaricious con artists, violent gangs, drugs, corruption, and murder.  And added to the mix is an enigmatic femme fatale who succeeds in upending Buddy's tenets regarding contemporary relationships.

MISSING PERSONS is its own book, yet crime fiction fans will find it a joy to trace its literary lineage from Raymond Chandler and Robert B. Parker through to Sue Grafton and Michael Connelly.

"A terrific read. Buddy Steel is my kind of Sheriff."                                   
                                                  -- Tom Selleck

"Brandman, the author of three 'Jesse Stone' mysteries based on a Robert B. Parker series sleuth and a coproducer with Tom Selleck of nine Jesse Stone TV movies, takes a cinematic approach in this laconic debut. Fans of ­Parker’s work will appreciate Buddy, another irreverent, complex lawman."
                                                  -- Library Journal