All Kinds of Ugly

All Kinds of Ugly by Ralph Dennis

The long-lost, never-before-published, thirteenth and final novel in the legendary Hardman series.
 
Jim Hardman will do just about anything for a buck, short of a felony, though he has been known to push the line. It’s career choice that takes a big toll on his soul and leads him to a shocking discovery that breaks his heart. That’s when a high-powered lawyer hires him to go to London to find the missing heir of a wealthy Georgia industrialist. The timing is perfect for Hardman, who is eager to escape his personal pain. But misery of a different sort is awaiting him in England, where he becomes embroiled in an ugly case of embezzlement and murder that follows him back to Atlanta…and that will have a devastating impact on his life. 
 
Includes an Afterword by Lee Goldberg,#1 New York Times bestselling author of True Fiction and Lost Hills

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Reviews For All Kinds of Ugly

All Kinds of Ugly 5.0

Fans of Dennis (1931–1988) will welcome the author’s previously unpublished, hard-hitting 13th and final book featuring unlicensed Atlanta PI Jim Hardman. Dennis wrote, in the best sense, old-school hardboiled crime fiction. His strong prose and well-paced storytelling place him alongside the likes of George V. Higgins and Ross MacDonald.

Publishers Weekly

All Kinds of Ugly 5.0

Considering the excellent prose and Chandler-esque dialogue, it's surprising that Dennis never found acclaim. Tight plotting and a hero resembling Philip Marlowe; readers will want to discover the earlier books in this lost series

Kirkus Reviews

All Kinds of Ugly 5.0

The Hardman novels capture the city of Atlanta; it’s class divide, social structure, racial tensions and corruption – issues such as gentrification, old money and the criminal underbelly. This one changes direction in unexpected and original ways several times, but most of all the femme fatale, Anna, is a complex take on the form, a fully rounded woman who makes the novel tick.

NB Magazine UK

All Kinds of Ugly 5.0

Praise for the All Kinds of Ugly and the Hardman:

Ralph Dennis was a master of believable action and surprising heart, with characters who could dish out the tough guy banter with the best of them. 'All Kinds of Ugly' is a beauty, though; a pure distillation of grade A, hardboiled pulp that dares to reach for more.

Mystery Scene