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.


Books by Ralph Dennis

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 – Coming in September

A Talent for Killing – Coming in September

A killer-for-hire retribution for a man murdered for uncovering small-town corruption...and justice for another man on death row, falsely convicted of raping and murdering a child.

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The Buy Back Blues

The Buy Back Blues

Hardman and his buddy Hump, the ex-NFL star, get sucked into a scheme involving a hundred grand in stolen jewelry and two corpses...and counting. The 12th and final book in the series.

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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

Pimp for the Dead 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