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We’ve got it all: psychological thrillers, murder mysteries, international espionage, and police procedurals from established masters of the craft – as well as premiere books from new voices who are sure to become crime fiction stars.

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Latest Additions

Author The Buy Back Blues - Coming in June

The Buy Back Blues - Coming in June By Ralph Dennis

Hardman and his buddy Hump, the ex-NFL star, get sucked into a scheme involving a hundred grand in stolen jewelry and two corpses...and counting. The 12th and final book in the series.

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Author The Last of the Armageddon Wars - Coming in June

The Last of the Armageddon Wars - Coming in June By Ralph Dennis

The Man, the "Black Godfather" of Atlanta, wants Hardman to find out who is killing his crew before a gang war erupts. The 11th book in the legendary series.

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Author A Talent for Killing - Coming in September

A Talent for Killing - Coming in September By Ralph Dennis

A killer-for-hire retribution for a man murdered for uncovering small-town corruption...and justice for another man on death row, falsely convicted of raping and murdering a child.

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Author The Spy Killer - Coming in September

The Spy Killer - Coming in September By Jimmy Sangster

Ex-British spy John Smith agrees to follow his ex-wife's cheating husband...and finds himself back in a world of betrayal and espionage.

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Memphis Luck

Gerald Duff’s MEMPHIS LUCK—the sizzling sequel to MEMPHIS RIBS—is finally available in trade paperback and ebook editions! The critics already love it, and we’re sure you will as well.

From The Blog

A Hardman is Good To Find

Even in obscurity, the Hardman books continue to be something special. While the lingo and attitudes were warts of the ‘70s, the characters, their relationships, and the quality of Dennis’ writing was timeless. The series became a hidden genre gem. It was whispered about only by the most hardcore genre fans—who turned collecting the twelve sacred Hardman books into a quest of mythical proportions.

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Lee Goldberg’s Obsession to Republish Ralph Dennis

This wasn’t men’s action-adventure fiction. This was straight-up, hardboiled crime fiction, written in a tight, evocative voice. And it was wonderful.… I wished there was something I could do about it…and some way I could get Hardman out to wider audience. And then it hit me—maybe I could.

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Ben Jones: My Friend HARDMAN

By 1970, Ralph was “getting tired of students” and needed a change. It didn’t take much to convince him that Atlanta had fully recovered from General Sherman and was a happening place. We drove up and got him and his belongings and helped him find a bachelor’s pad. He got a regular job when his savings started to dwindle a bit, all the while writing every day. He wrote to his friend and agent Elizabeth McKee, pitching the idea for Hardman. Ms. McKee secured a contract with Popular Library.
Now, I wasn’t there when it happened, but he was so overjoyed with the news that he ran the two and a half miles to our house so that he could tell somebody. Ralph Dennis had given up athletics in High School and was as out of shape as one would expect of a man who had downed 50 beers a week for 25 years, while chain-smoking Pall Malls.
But he made it.

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The Literary Life of Ralph Dennis

The Hardman series was trumpeted as “A great new private eye for the shockproof ‘70s,” which was funny, since Jim Hardman was far from the typical action-adventure hero in other numbered series. He was middle-aged and as out-of-shape as most guys who get their primary exercise lifting beers or glasses of J&B Scotch. And he lifted quite a few.

Hardman had more than his share of fights in the novels, with mixed results. The true muscle was provided by Hardman’s friend Hump Evans, formerly a defensive end with the Cleveland Browns. Today having an Afro-American sidekick who provides the muscle or does the dirty work is something of a cliché — it wasn’t in the 1970s. More importantly, Hump was always an equal partner with Hardman. Hardman didn’t shy away from brawls; it was just that Hump was better at it. At 6-6 (or 6-7 as both were given at different times) and 270 pounds, Hump always retained a certain independence from Hardman. There was nothing demeaning about Hump or his relationship with Hardman.

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A Brash Holiday Season is Coming

The holiday season is upon us, and it’s that time of year for gratitude and reflection. In this edition of the Brash Books newsletter, we share our fond remembrance of a beloved Brash author, along with another amazing award, a fresh new story, a rave review—and an abundance of upcoming releases for your reading pleasure.

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You Can’t Keep a Hardman Down

We’re excited to announce that we’ve acquired the rights to all of Ralph Dennis’s work…

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Max Allan Collins: The Story Behind BLACK HATS

Why did the byline “Patrick Culhane” originally appear on two of my novels, Black Hats and Red Sky in Morning? Forgive me if you’ve heard this one, but I believe it’s one of the truly remarkable f**k-ups of my career, and one of the rare ones that I didn’t cause myself.

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Brash Fireworks in July

It’s been a thrilling few weeks here at Brash Books, and we’re blasting into July…

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