NO! 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.
You can reach Michael by email.