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 Michael Phelps Novels, Barnes & NobleAmazon (US), Amazon (UK), Amazon (CA).

Feel free to reach Michael by email.

40 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!

      Mike

  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

      GOOD EVENING, PEARL,

      I HAVE DRIVEN THROUGH THE BEAUTIFUL, BREATHTAKING STATE OF NEW MEXICO, AND LOVE IT! WHEN I SAW YOUR “PEARLNMBLOG”, I COULD NOT RESIST . . . BRINGS BACK FOND MEMORIES.
      THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND WORDS. AFTER READING “DAVID JANSSEN-MY FUGITIVE”, ELLIE’S MEMOIR, YOU MAY WANT TO READ”DAVID JANSSEN-Our Conversations: Volumes I & II”.
      Best,

      Mike Phelps

  4. Pearl

    Michael:

    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,
    Regards,

    Mike

  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.

    Best,

    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.

      Best,
      Mike

      • mike@davidjanssenfugitive.com

        THANKS, BILLY RAY.

        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!

        Best,
        Mike

      • 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

  9. mike@davidjanssenfugitive.com

    IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MICHAEL PHELPS:
    AS YOU ALL MAY KNOW, ON 18 MARCH 2016, I UNDERWENT THORACIC SURGERY AT THE MIAMI VETERANS MEDICAL CENTER. AFTER 13 DAYS IN THE SICU, I WAS DISCHARGED FROM THE HOSPITAL, AND WAS FORCED TO REMAIN BED-RIDDEN FOR NEARLY SIX MONTHS. THUS, MY NOT BEING ABLE TO ACTIVELY PROMOTE DAVE’S BOOKS ON LINE, SALES FELL TO NEARLY ZERO. IT HAS TAKEN FROM SEPTEMBER 2016 TO THE PRESENT FOR ME TO BUILD THE SALES OF DAVE’S BOOKS BACK TO A RESPECTABLE LEVEL.

    ON FRIDAY, 11 MAY, I WAS INFORMED BY MY PRIMARY DOCTOR THAT A CT SCAN ON 30 APRIL 2018 HAS FOUND CANCER IN MY RIGHT LUNG AND IN MY LIVER. AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE ONCOLOGIST HAS BEEN SET FOR FRIDAY, 18 MAY 2018, AT WHICH TIME I WILL BE ADVISED OF TREATMENT OPTIONS. THIS MAY AGAIN “TAKE ME OUT OF COMMISSION” FOR AN UNDETERMINED PERIOD OF TIME.

    MY GODSON, RICKY RAUDEZ WILL BE FILLING IN FOR ME , ON ALL OF THE WEB SITES FOR DAVE & THE FUGITIVE TO KEEP ALL INFORMED.

    I HAVE LIVED A LONG LIFE, AT 75 YEARS, I’VE LIVED 27 MORE YEARS THAN DAVE – AND AT LEAST I KNOW WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS – UNFORTUNATELY, DAVE DID NOT HAVE THAT GOD GIVEN FORESIGHT. THEN, AS THE SAYING GOES, “ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG”. I’VE HAD MY UPS AND DOWNS, BUT I HAVE FEW REGRETS. I HAVE BEEN GIVEN COUNTLESS BLESSINGS AND PROTECTED BY GOD, SO FOR THE MOST PART, I’VE ENJOYED A GOOD LIFE.

    DO NOT COUNT ME OUT – – – I WILL FIGHT THIS BATTLE AGAIN, AND WITH GOD, I EXPECT TO WIN.

    THANK YOU ALL, DAVE’S FANS, AND ESPECIALLY THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE PURCHASED HIS BOOKS AND POSTED YOUR REVIEWS ON AMAZON AND HERE ON HIS WE SITE.

    Best Wishes to all,

    Mike Phelps

    • Billy Ray Chitwood

      God Bless You, Mike, you will be in my prayers!
      I will be tweeting your site/Dave’s site on a regular basis!
      Get your health back, my friend! Don’t worry about book sales!
      Billy Ray

  10. mike@davidjanssenfugitive.com

    THANK YOU, BILLY RAY.
    I DEEPLY APPRECIATE YOUR WELL WISHES AND CONCERN! AS THEY SAY, “IT AIN’T OVER ‘TIL THE FAT LADY SINGE I DO NOT HAVE A “FAT LADY” IN MY LIFE, I THINK I WILL WIN THIS BATTLE TOO, OF COURSE, WITH GOD’S HELP!

    WISHING YOU BESTSELLER SUCCESS AND GOOD HEALTH.

    Best,
    Mike

  11. Judith Ann McDowell

    Mike,
    Not only are you a great writer, but you are also a fighter and I wish you the best with the fight you are in right now.
    Too, I have to disagree with the words in the early part of the story of Mike Phelps. Not so young, and not so good-looking? I bet to differ. You are still young and you are for damn sure easy on they eyes, my friend.
    Judith Ann McDowell (Jude)

    • mike@davidjanssenfugitive.com

      THANK YOU, JUDE! YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION AND COMFORT TO ME..

  12. Katie Bruno

    Hi Michael!

    I am a reporter working on a story about David Janssen and would love to interview you. I have sent two emails already and wanted to try writing you here as we think you would be of great help with our story. Please let me know if you are interested!

    Thank you,
    Katie

    • mike@davidjanssenfugitive.com

      Dear Ms. Bruno,

      Please forgive me for the delay in responding to you, as I am just now seeing your
      message.

      I was first diagnosed with Bladder Cancer and received treatment at the Miami Veterans Medical Center in January 0f 2009. This cancer is in remission. However, I was diagnosed with Ling Cancer in 2013, and after surgery, I have been receiving Chemotherapy first, followed by direct Radiation. I am now pretty much “homebound.” If you are currently working on your story, I would consider it an honor to speak with you (via facebook Messenger or Skype.) My facebook is: facebook.com/Michael Phelps. My direct e-mail is: copnovelist1@msn dot com.

      I presume you completed your story about David, and would be eternally grateful if you could provide me a copy, or the Internet link where I could find it. I am now able to spend forty-five to sixty minutes per day of my computer. I do not know if you have a copy and read “DAVID JANSSEN-MY FUGITIVE”, which I co-authored with Dave’s first wife, Ellie Janssen. After several years of of encouragement and inspiration by many of Dave’s close friends, most notably, Oscar nominated, Grammy Winner Singer and Songwriter CAROL CONNORS, and Actress ROSEMARY FORSYTH, I embarked on a four years journey into the past with my friend DAVID JANSSEN. In October of 2014 I released “DAVID JANSSEN-Our Conversations: Volume One-The Early Years (1965-1972) and Volume Two-The Final Years (1973-1980). If you do not have copies of these books, I will be pleased to send you complimentary copies (just send me your postal address.)

      I look forward to hearing from you.

      Sincerely,

      Mike Phelps

    • mike@davidjanssenfugitive.com

      Good Evening, Ms. Bruno,

      I would be honored to submit to your interview.

      It no longer amazes me that almost forty years after his unexpected passing at the age of 48, DAVID JANSSEN lives in the minds and hearts of his millions of fans worldwide.

      The “ME Television Network has commenced airing the syndicated “THE FUGITIVE”.

      My direct e-mail address is: copnovelist1@msn.com
      My facebook Messenger is: http://facebook.com/Michael Phelps

      I look forward to hearing from you.

      Sincerely,

      Mike Phelps

  13. Janis Neff

    Mike thinking of you & hoping your doing better. I know your a fighter. Sending healing thoughts. Janis Neff

    • mike@davidjanssenfugitive.com

      HI, JANIS,

      WOW, it sure has been a long time. I guess you have noted I am in a fierce battle with Lung Cancer. I had surgery for the Throat Cancer, they removed 20 lymph Nodes, and it is in remission. I have had three surgeries for the Lung Cancer, now I am getting Radiation Therapy. The side effects are brutal, and the lung surgeries have left me with Scar Tissues in my left lung, which gives me constant pain. However, Well, I have a deep faith in God, and in Jesus Christ, Our Saviour . . . so I am Blessed when I awake to a new day.
      How are things with you???? How many dogs do you have??? How are things with your family?
      My direct e-mail is: copnovelist1@msn.com My Cell phone # is: (305) 846-3886.

      Love and Hugs,

      Mike

  14. earlthepearl137

    As a fan of both horse racing and murder mysteries, I look forward to reading A Jockey’s Justice.
    I was stationed in Adak, Alaska and stopped in L.A. on my way home in April 1969. I went into a restaurant to get something to eat and David Janssen was by himself in a booth nearby. He looked very much like a fugitive who did not want to be recognized. So, I didn’t invade his privacy or ask him for an autograph. It still was a pleasure just to see the great actor.
    Earl Paulson

    • mike@davidjanssenfugitive.com

      Good Morning, EarththePearl,
      I can tell you, Dave would have welcomed an intrusion from a Fan! He knew his fame and fortune was the result of his hard work which gained him an adoring fan base around the world. Correct me if I am wrong, but I think your observation of him , alone in a booth, was “WHY is he sitting alone?” Dave LOVED his fans and NEVER objected to nor took offense when any fan approached him in public.

      Best regards to you,
      Mike Phelps

  15. Billy Ray Chitwood

    God Bless You, Mike! I was happy to see your response to EarththePearl. I pray it means what I think it means..that you have beaten the ‘Bad One’… Oh, you do know, or, maybe I never mentioned it, but I was on Adak for over a year. So good to see you communicating again…hope you will stay in touch… ♥♥♥

    • mike@davidjanssenfugitive.com

      Hi, Billy Ray,
      Thank you for your Prayers . . . still fighting Cancer, with Chemo & Direct Radiation Therapy now – brutal side effects.

      I am not on the computer as much as I want to be, but with the article on Dave in CLOSER magazine, my response to his fans demand it.
      The funny thing is, Reporter Katie Bruno told me she had reached out to Dani, who told her she should contact me as I was “David’s closest friend and he knows more about David than anyone.” I WISH she had put that in the article – especially since I was not too kind to her in “Our Conversations”.
      My e-mail is: copnovelist1@msn.com
      Send me how I can find ALL your work.

      Best regards,
      Mike

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