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


Damned If You Do


She was barely out of her teens, not exactly beautiful, but she’d tried to make the most of her looks.

Now, defiled and alone in a seedy beachfront motel, she was dead. And Paradise Police Chief Jesse Stone doesn’t even know her name. But when his investigation lures him into the crosshairs of two ruthless pimps, Jesse finds out more about the girl than he ever dreamed. Because in pursuit of justice, if anyone can see the truth in dark, dark places, it’s Jesse Stone.

Fool Me Twice


One girl is a teenage dose of pretty poison. The other is a movie starlet on the run from a violent past. These two cases collide in Paradise and Jesse Stone is trapped between them.

Killing The Blues


It’s tourist season in Paradise, Massachusetts. With it comes a baffling and violent crime wave that has residents on edge. It’s also brought a mysterious figure who’s stirring up troubling memories for Chief of Police Jesse Stone—especially when it appears the stranger is out for revenge.