First, let me clear up any confusion, I am NOT that good-looking, young, talented Olympic Champion with all the Gold! I am MICHAEL PHELPS, the (not so) young,
(not so) good-looking, and no pot-of-gold to my name, but talented WRITER of Police Procedural, Detective, Crime and Courtroom drama novels.
I am a proud Veteran of the United States Air Force where I served as a Senior Military Police-Combat Defense Forces during the Viet Nam war. I have lived a
long and complicated life . . . I've travelled each and every highway, and a few byways too. I've stumbled a few times, even fallen down a couple of
times, but I've always picked myself up, and started all over again. Regrets, I have a few (don't you?), but then again . . . too few to mention (since
I can't go back and make any changes). Through it all, I stood tall . . . and looking back as the winter of my life approaches, I can honestly say . . . it
was a lot of fun, a few bumps and bruises . . . but, I DID IT MY WAY!
I ran into an old friend, ELLIE JANSSEN in the lounge of The Jockey Club in Miami, Florida when she relocated to Miami from Las Vegas. I had not seen Ellie in
about twenty years. Of course our first topic was David, their divorce and his untimely death. I asked Ellie why she had not written as book about their life
together. She told me she had no idea how to go about it. I convinced her David's fans would love her story, and they deserved it. I agreed to finance the
project, and we hired a 'ghost writer'. Aftyer a couple of weeks, Ellie was not pleased with him, so we hired another. That one did not work out
either. After reading what they had written, I was convinced Ellie and I could do it ourselves. Thus, we embarked on what would become a four year project.
"DAVID JANSSEN - MY FUGITIVE" by Ellie Janssen, as told to J.D. Michael Phelps was published in Hardcover by Lifetime Books, Inc. in December, 1994.
It was publsihed in Paperback by Frederick Fell Publishers in 1995, 1996 and 1997. At the time we were writing this book, I was engaged as Chief Investigator
for a prominent Coral Gables (FL) Law firm, specializing in criminal defense. After my boss retired, and based on the spectacular success of "DAVID
JANSSEN - MY FUGITIVE", which rekindled my passion for writing, I decided to make a career change and write about something I know.
I am pleased to announce here that I am releasing "DAVID JANSSEN - MY FUGITIVE" , FOURTH EDITION, Hardcover, 150 Pages, and contains 34 Photos from
Ellie's private collection of some of the major Hollywood TV and Film stars with whom David worked, including; JOHN WAYNE, GREGORY PECK, BARBARA STANWYCK,
BOB HOPE, RONALD REAGAN,
DEAN MARTIN, a very young RON HOWARD, a very young KURT RUSSELL, BARRY MORSE, FRED RAISCH, and many more. This book also contains an Update by me. Copies of
the original 1994 Hardcover are currently being sold on the Internet at prices ranging from $66.00 to $220.00 - USED! You can order your NEW copy of the Fourth
Edition here at the original 1994 Publication price of $18.95 (plus $2.77 USPS Shipping).
I have created the "DETECTIVE MIKE WALSH" series of novels, with the debut "THE EXECUTION OF JUSTICE", which is based on the true story of
the murder of my close friend and one-time mentor, a Detective Sergeant in the Robbery & Homicide Unit of the Indianapolis Police Department who was
brutally murdered by a vicious gang of armed robbery and murder suspects he and his team of detectives and uniformed officers were attempting to arrest. Cops
& Robbers, Mayhem & Murders, this book has it all in graphic details. This novel was published in February, 2009 by Blue Line Publishing House, Inc. in
Hardcover, 408 Pages and is available for $27.95 plus $2.77 USPS shipping. The second novel is titled " JOCKEY'S JUSTICE", based on a true case I
worked on for the law firm. A winning horse racing jockey is murdered on the last day of the racing season in a small western Kentucky town. Eight years later,
his wife, their son-in-law and her nephew are arrested for the murder. Can Chief Investigator Mike Walsh and his assistant find the evidence to keep their
clients out of Kentucky's Electric Chair? With many twists and turns, and many other suspects, it is a complicated mystery. It is scheduled for release in
I am happily divorced (at least I hope my former wife is, I never deserved her in the first place). I split my time between New York City and Miami, Florida
with my faithful German Shepherd, Rico der Hunter III, who thinks he's a 'police dog', not just a dog.
FRANK SINATRA BARBARA STREISAND LIZA MINELLI
MICHAEL BOUBLE GLEN MILLER TOMMY DORSEY
ELVIS PRESLEY RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS JAZZ, R & B, POP
DAVID JANSSEN - MY FUGITIVE by Ellie Janssen & Michael Phelps
THE EXECUTION OF JUSTICE, by Michael Phelps
REFLECTIONS FROM THE PIT, by Lieutenant Mike Berish, (Ret.) Miami Police Department
DEAD BALL, by Michael Balkind
SEVEN (Stephanie Plum Series)
TO THE NINES (Stephanie Plum)
ANYTHING BY JANET EVANOVICH
ANYTHING BY PATRICIA CORNWELL
ANYTHING BY JAMES PATTERSON
RICHARD NORTH PATTERSON
ANYTHING BY SUE GRAFTON
"I DID IT MY WAY" (Paul Anka)
"THE ONLY THING IN LIFE THAT IS CONSISTENT . . IS CHANGE." (Anonymous)
"NEVER GIVE UP!
DAVID JANSSEN~Our Conversations;
VOLUME ONE-The Early Years (1965-1972) and
VOLUME TWO-The Final Years (14973-1980) is NOW AVAILABLE in Softcover and E-book Editions. See them at Amazon.com or
David Janssen Books
JACK R. PHELPS WILLIAM D. DeFRENN, MPD
D. GENE PHELPS LT. MIKE BERISH, MPD
ROBERT A. PHELPS
GENERAL NATHAN F. TWINING, USAF
GENERAL CURTIS E. LeMAY, USAF
MAJOR JAMES L. BUTLER, USAF.
DETECTIVE HARRY T. LOVELL, IPD
DETECTIVE SERGEANT JACK R. OHRBERG, IPD