Atlanta Deathwatch

Atlanta Deathwatch by Ralph Dennis

The first novel in the unforgettable, long lost series by Ralph Dennis is finally back in print… after being coveted for years by collectors of the very best in hardboiled fiction.

It’s Atlanta, 1974. Jim Hardman was a mediocre cop until he was wrongly accused of corruption and thrown off the force. Now he works as an unlicensed PI, trouble-shooter and bodyguard…often partnered with his drinking buddy Hump Evans, a black, ex-NFL player who supports his playboy lifestyle by working as hired muscle.

Hardman is hired by The Man, a black mobster, to investigate the murder of his white girlfriend, a college student. It’s a case that plunges Hardman and Evans into the center of a violent street war that stretches from Atlanta’s seedy back alleys to the marbled corridors of power.

This new edition includes an introduction by Joe R. Lansdale, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hap & Leonard series of crime novels.

 


Books by Ralph Dennis

The One Dollar Rip-Off – Coming in May 2019

The One Dollar Rip-Off – Coming in May 2019

Hardman & Hump try to collect on a friendly one-dollar bet and it leads them into more trouble than they could ever have imagined in the ninth book in the legendary crime series.

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The Golden Girl and All – Audiobook Edition

The Golden Girl and All – Audiobook Edition

In third book in the acclaimed series, unlicensed PI Jim Hardman is hired to find Peggy Holt, a drug dealer, stripper, and serial seductress who has kidnapped her six-year-old daughter from her ex-husband. 

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The Deadly Cotton Heart

The Deadly Cotton Heart

Hardman goes undercover as a hitman and ends up targeted for death in the eighth book in the series.

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The Charleston Knife is Back in Town – Audiobook Edition

The Charleston Knife is Back in Town – Audiobook Edition

Jim Hardman is an ex-cop who works as an unlicensed PI, troubleshooter, and bodyguard. He is hired to find the people who ripped off an illegal gambling party before a hitman does. The second novel in the unforgettable series by Ralph Dennis. Performed by Shawn Compton.

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Reviews For Atlanta Deathwatch

Atlanta Deathwatch 5.0

His prose was muscular, swift and highly readable. Like Chandler and Hammett before him, Dennis was trying to do something different with what was thought of as throwaway literature.

Joe R. Lansdale, from his introduction

Atlanta Deathwatch 5.0

Hard-hitting. Ralph Dennis pulls no punches in this lightning-paced crime story packed with irreverence and loads of action.

Publishers Weekly

Atlanta Deathwatch 5.0

Among the best series books around. The dialogue is marvelously realistic.

Philadelphia Daily News

Atlanta Deathwatch 5.0

Ralph Dennis is an underappreciated master. His Hardman series is one of the finest in the P.I. genre.

Robert Randisi, founder of the Private Eye Writers of America

Atlanta Deathwatch 5.0

The Hardman books are by far the best of the men’s action-adventure series.

Mother Jones Magazine