Hardball

Hardball by Jimmy Sangster

The third novel in the rip-roaring, wildly inventive James Reed series of hard-boiled crime novels set against the backdrop of sunny Southern California.

These days, ex-London cop James Reed makes his living renting out the the main house of the Malibu beach property he got in his divorce from a big-name actress. He’s taking it easy when, to make some fast cash, he agrees to provide temporary lodging and security to a wealthy recluse recovering from an undisclosed illness. That simple job takes a wild turn into a nightmare of blackmail, drug dealing, and murder that could put James in prison or a shallow grave.

Books by Jimmy Sangster

Blackball

Blackball

James Reed is falsely accused of rape, chased by killers, and hired by a billionaire being blackmailed into marriage. And that's only the beginning of Reed's troubles in the second book in the series.

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Hardball

Hardball

Self-styled beach bum James Reed agrees to protect a wealthy recluse recovering from an undisclosed illness...a job that turns into a nightmare of blackmail, drug dealing, and murder. Third book in the series.

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Snowball

Snowball

Ex-Scotland yard cop James Reed is pulled out of his comfortable life as a "Mailbu beach bum" to help a Hollywood starlet's daughter who is involved a $2 million drug heist.

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The Spy Killer – Coming in September

The Spy Killer – Coming in September

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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Reviews For Hardball

Hardball 5.0

Excellently plotted and paced, this adventure offers the satisfaction of a hard-boiled L.A. detective story overlaid with the nuances of a British mystery. Sangster constructs an intricate problem and lets his intelligent, complex hero loose to solve it.

Publishers Weekly

Hardball 5.0

More action-thriller than mystery, the action, from hand-to-hand combat to nautical chases, is steady.

Kirkus Reviews