Pimp for the Dead

Pimp for the Dead by Ralph Dennis

The compelling fourth novel by Ralph Dennis in his brilliant, 1970s-era Hardman series.

Jim Hardman was an Atlanta 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. 

A small-town farmer hires Hardman to find his teenage daughter who ran off to Atlanta to become a model…and ended up a hooker.  It’s fast work for Hardman, but she’s gunned down minutes after he finds her. To hunt her killer, Hardman and Hump Evans take a deep dive into a bottomless cesspool of vice and greed that could drown them.

This new edition includes an introduction by Joe R. Lansdale, author of the Hap & Leonard novels, and an afterword by Paul Bishop, author and retired LAPD homicide detective.


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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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Working for the Man – Coming in March

Working for the Man – Coming in March

Hardman is hired by Atlanta's Black Godfather to retrieve a stolen accounting ledger in the seventh book in the legendary crime series.

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Murder is Not an Odd Job

Murder is Not an Odd Job

In their sixth adventure, Hardman and Hump step into the middle of a bar fight and stumbles into a deadly but lucrative job -- protecting a guy who is next-in-line for a massive inheritance from being murdered by professional assassins.

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Atlanta Deathwatch – Audiobook

Atlanta Deathwatch – Audiobook

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Reviews For Pimp for the Dead

Pimp for the Dead 5.0

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

Joe Lansdale

Pimp for the Dead 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

Pimp for the Dead 5.0

Among the best series books around

Philadelphia Daily News