About Michael Phelps

MIKE PHELPS, AUTHORNO! Let’s clear that up right now. Not THAT Michael Phelps – the talented Olympic Champion with all the Gold.

This Michael Phelps is the (not so) young, (not so) good-looking, but talented writer of police procedural, detective, crime, and courtroom drama genre novels, all based on actual cases.

This Michael Phelps has lived a long, complicated life. He has traveled each and every highway (some byways, too) and has stumbled a few times, even fallen down once or twice, but he just picks himself up, dusts himself off, and starts all over again.

Regrets, he has a few, but then again, too few to mention . . . not that he could go back and make changes, anyway . . . so he just stands tall and, looking back, he’ll say, “I DID IT MY WAY!”

Michael Phelps retired as Chief Investigator for a prominent Coral Gables, FL law firm, specializing in criminal defense. He is a Veteran of the United States Air Force, where he served in the Military Police Combat Defense Forces during the Viet Nam War. He is divorced and splits his time between New York City and Miami, Florida.

Michael Phelps created the “Detective Mike Walsh” series of novels with the debut title, The Execution of Justice. It’s based on the true story of his close friend and one-time mentor, a Robbery & Homicide Detective Sergeant in the Indianapolis Police Department. Cops & robbers, murder and mayhem – this book has it all in graphic detail.

His second “Detective Mike Walsh” novel, The Jockey’s Justice is based on a true story. A “cold case” of murder is investigated by Mike Walsh and his assistant. He is no longer a city police robbery-homicide detective, but Chief Investigator for a prominent Miami Law firm. In this story, a winning horse-racing jockey is murdered on the last day of the season in a small western Kentucky town. Eight years after his murder, his widow (living in Miami, Florida), their son-in-law and her nephew are charged with the crime. Walsh’s law firm is retained, and he and his assistant are sent to Kentucky to investigate the case and help his boss, Attorney Frank Piazza to build a defense for his clients.

The ‘Sport of Kings,’ illegal high-stakes gambling, political corruption, inept ‘Keystone Kops,’ and characters right out of the old ‘Night Court’ television comedy series running the local courthouse, make this a fast-paced, exciting read.

Michael Phelps is also the co-author of David Janssen – My Fugitive, written with Ellie Janssen, the beloved actor’s first wife. It is an intimate portrayal of the Golden Globe winning, Emmy nominated television and film star, best known for his starring role as “Dr. Richard Kimble” on ABC Television’s The Fugitive (1963-1967). This book is now available in the fourth edition, softcover, 150 pages containing thirty-four photographs from Ellie Janssen’s private collection, and an update by Michael Phelps. It is available at $16.20; it is a must-have for any David Janssen and The Fugitive fan.

Mr. Phelps’ latest release is DAVID JANSSEN ~ Our Conversations: Volume One-The Early Years (1965-1972)  & Volume Two-The Final Years (1973-1980) provides the legions of dedicated fans of David Jansen with an insight into his innermost, private thoughts, thoughts he shared with only a few of his closest friends. Topics include his career, actors, producers, writers, directors with whom he worked, his romantic interests, his nasty divorce from Ellie, his tumultuous relationship, marriage to and planned divorce from Dani.

Books are available here on Dave’s website, and at http://Michael Phelps Novels.com, Barnes & NobleAmazon (US), Amazon (UK), Amazon (CA).

You can reach Michael by email.

23 thoughts on “About Michael Phelps

  1. michaelphelps1

    Thank you Hugh,

    I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas, all the best for health, love and prosperity for 2015!

    I look forward to reading your work and applauding your triumphs.

    Mike Phelps

    • michaelphelps1

      Good Evening Noelleg44,

      Thank you for your kind words. I wish you and yours the best of Health, Happiness, Peace and Prosperity for all of 2015.

      Mike Phelps

    • michaelphelps1

      Hi Teagon,

      LOL – The only thing that Michael Phelps and I have, aside from our name; his father is a former police officer and so am I. Oh, I’ve never been arrested for DUI, nor smoked Marijuana (not against it, where it’s legal, just never had the desire – like to be in control of my mind).

      Best of Success to you! I will get your book soon!


  2. BWSBL

    This is by far one of the top “About” pages I’ve read since blogging on WordPress. And might I also say…thank you! For clearing up the – not THAT Michael Phelps – mystery. When I saw your name on Ronovan’s blog I was momentarily impressed and then thought nahhh. Then you followed me and still somewhere my brain thought…wow, I am big time now. Haha! Lastly, I love the Frank Sinatra reference you worked in as well. Good stuff all around.

  3. Pearl

    Michael: I have enjoyed following your athletic career … or not. Thank you also for following my personal blog, pearlsnmblog.wordpress.com. I am curious not only as to how you found my blog in the first place, but also which of my posts, in particular, caught your interest. I will definitely be looking into your blog in more greater detail in the near future. For the present, your connection to David Janssen is certainly more than enough to spark my interest. I look forward to reading “My Fugitive” and I plan to do so very soon. “The Fugitive” is #2 on my list of all time favorite TV shows. I have not written anything extensive about it yet, but I have included in on my blog as the first of the TV shows I have identified in a bit more detail. Please see my post at https://pearlsnmblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/the-fugitive/ .

    Again, thank you very much for noticing my blog, and for now following me. My blog is still very new. I just retired at the end of 2016 and have enjoyed writing material for this blog, and also meeting new people, like you, via th

    • michaelphelps1



      Mike Phelps

  4. Pearl


    Thank you for responding so quickly. I am quite certain that I will likely read more of your books after the first one. David Janssen really was one of my favorite actors. I saw that you took a look at my post about “The Fugitive”. It is not really a “review” as such. My initial intent for that area of my blog is to list my all time top TV shows and to provide a synopsis, some links to You Tube videos, and perhaps some little known tidbits that I might be able to find while doing some research. In that way, it might interest some people who are looking at the post, but whom may not be aware of the particular show … though I find it hard to believe anyone about our age would NOT be familiar with “The Fugitive”.

    My guess is that after reading some of your books, I will pickup a few of those tidbits that, if you don’t mind, I may want to add to my post. I’ll be sure to plug your books in my post as well. 🙂

    I’m also interested to hear that you are a fan of New Mexico. My wife and I decided to retire here, and we moved here three years ago. We live just outside of Albuquerque. We are very pleased with our decision to retire here. I also saw that you looked at my post regarding our recent wall art on the concrete walls in our back yard. We wanted to give our back area a bit more of a southwestern feel, and we are generally very pleased with the results. In fact, my wife just showed me an idea she has for painting the one, remaining bare portion of the cinder block wall in the back. You may have also noticed the mountains behind our rear wall. Those are the Sandia Mountains and we have an unobstructed view of them from our back yard – another reason why we love our new home.

  5. michaelphelps1

    THANK YOU, PEARL, for your very kind words. Your wife has done a magnificent job on your back wall, she is very talented Artist. Your view of the Sadia Mountains is awesome! Feel free to use any thing from Dave’s books or elsewhere that you feel may compliment your writings. I did peruse your TOP TV SHOWS – LOVED IT! May I ask from what area you “retired” to New Mexico from?

    Thanks again, have a great evening,


  6. Pearl

    Certainly. I am a Wisconsin native, as is my wife. However, for the last 12 years prior to retiring, my job took me all around the United States, where I would work with various size hospitals, some with less than 1000 beds, and then also some really huge university hospitals such as Duke and Stanford.

    By the way, since my local library did not, unfortunately, have “My Fugitive”, I just ordered it off of Amazon. After finishing it, I will donate it to my local library, and also recommend strongly that they purchase the rest of your books to augment their collection.

  7. michaelphelps1

    Good Morning, Pearl,
    Thank you for purchasing “DAVID JANSSEN-MY FUGITIVE”. This is Dave’s first wife, Ellie Janssen’s Memoir of their life together, his rise to fame, the very nasty and protracted divorce. I would be pleased to send you copies of “DAVID JANSSEN-Our Conversations. Volumes I & II”, with my compliments, a “retirement” gift, if you would provide me your postal address. Well, we have one thing in common, you worked in the health care industry, and over the past four years, I have been a patient of the BEST hospital in the Miami, Florida area, the Bruce W. Carter Veterans Medical Center. I have had 3 Aortic Aneurysms, a Femoral Artery By-pass, Bladder Cancer and in March 2015, Thoracic surgery to remove the top lobe of my left lung (Cancer). The latter was by far the worst experience of my life. I have gained tremendous respect for the health care industry.

    Thank you for supporting your local library!

    I am in the process of setting up Dave’s website and hope to have it fully functional within the next two weeks. I am a complete IDIOT when it comes to computers, to me, they are just glorified IBM Selectrics.

    My e-mail address is: mphelps@michaelphelpsnovels.com

    Thank you, again and have a great Wednesday.


    Mike Phelps

  8. Billy Ray Chitwood

    ♥Thanks, Mike, for bringing back some great memories! Guess we all were contemporaries… We lost a great actor too darned early, and I miss him. It’s a pleasure to be following you. My very best wishes. No more hospital time, PLEASE!♥

    • mike@davidjanssenfugitive.com

      Hello, Billy Ray Chitwood,

      Thank you for your kind post. Yes, we lost David Janssen way too soon, and I am among the millions who miss him every day. Thankfully, we can see him in his outstanding work at our pleasure.

      Doing my best to stay out of the VA Medical Center, but my old body ignores my brains’ commands. I Thank God he has given me a new day each day, and the skilled Doctors, Nurses and staff at the Miami Veterans Medical Center who keep patching me up.


      • mike@davidjanssenfugitive.com


        I am really looking forward to reading your novels; starting with “AN ARIZONA TRAGEDY”. Actually, I will get them all! If I end up back in the VA, at least I will have a lot of GOOD reading!


      • Billy Ray Chitwood

        Wow! Thanks, Mike… One thing, though – NO MORE VA VISITS! You’re in my prayers!
        Connected with entertainment and film, I’ll share this: Years ago, while in Phoenix, AZ, Nick Nolte did the photo work for my agency composite—we were both with the Bobby Ball Agency in Scottsdale, doing TV commercials, local theater, Industrial Films, et al… The young lady represented in “An Arizona Tragedy…” was a friend and secretary to two of my lawyer buddies, and a friend of my wife at the time. Her brutal murder sent proverbial shock waves through the ‘Valley of the Sun’… Carmen was her real name, a pretty lady who insisted I get into acting… As you know, Nick went on to make it big and rise to the top in “Rich Man Poor Man” TV series. His mother, Helen (RIP), was a client of mine in my ‘regular’ business… The murder of Carmen has never been solved, is still a ‘cold case’ in Phoenix (the last I heard)…my wife thinks, just, maybe, Ted Bundy was roaming around AZ at the time… I wrote my fictional account (“An Arizona Tragedy”) to scratch ‘the itch’ and in remembrance of Carmen… Okay, no more rambling through the memories…
        All my best, Mike,
        Billy Ray

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