Down Among the Jocks

Down Among the Jocks by Ralph Dennis

Before Spenser & Hawk, Elvis Cole & Joe Pike, and Hap & Leonard, there was Jim Hardman & Hump Evans, author Ralph Dennis’ legendary 1970s PI team. They’re back in the fifth adventure in the beloved and acclaimed series that influenced generations of crime writers.

Retired pro football star Ed Cross did most of his scoring between bed posts with other player’s women, including Hump’s ex-girlfriend. That was bad enough. But, just to rub it in, Cross sends Hump an x-rated birthday skin flick of him celebrating in bed with two women. Hump goes looking for blood… and finds it. Cross is murdered and Hump becomes the prime suspect. Hardman works to clear Hump and discovers there’s plenty of murderous hate for Cross out there…from the top of the sports world to the pits of Atlanta’s illegal gambling scene… and revealing it could get them both killed.

This new edition includes an Afterword from Ben Jones, the Dukes of Hazzard actor and former U.S. Congressman from Georgia.


Books by Ralph Dennis

Dust in the Heart – Coming in January

Dust in the Heart – Coming in January

There's a killer stalking children in a small, North Carolina town...and the only one who can stop him is the local Sheriff, a man crippled physically and emotionally by a war that he's still fighting within himself. The haunting, powerful new thriller by Ralph Dennis, author of the legendary Hardman series of crime novels

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The Spy in a Box – Coming in December

The Spy in a Box – Coming in December

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The Broken Fixer

The Broken Fixer

Vince Gorman is a ruthless lawyer with flexible morality who makes problems go away for a big Atlanta developer... but his life is crumbling all around him.

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A Talent for Killing

A Talent for Killing

Kane was a top CIA assassin. The Agency wiped his memory & but his talent for killing has returned with a vengeance...for anybody who can pay his price.

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Reviews For Down Among the Jocks

Down Among the Jocks 5.0

Dennis wrote with assurance. His prose was muscular, swift, and highly readable.

Joe Lansdale

Down Among the Jocks 5.0

First, let me give the Hardman series my highest recommendation. And DOWN AMONG THE JOCKS, the fifth Hardman novel, is pretty darn great.

Ed Gorman, founder of Mystery Scene Magazine

Down Among the Jocks 5.0

Among the best series books around.

Philadelphia Daily News

Down Among the Jocks 5.0

Some of the finest paperback originals I have ever read were part of Ralph Dennis' HARDMAN series. The books were well-written, hard-hitting, unsentimental, but still full of heart.

Mystery Scene Magazine