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

Down Among the Jocks – Coming in January 2019

Down Among the Jocks – Coming in January 2019

The fifth novel in the series. Hardman works to clear Hump of a murder charge, an investigation that takes him from the top of the sports world to the pits of Atlanta's illegal gambling scene...

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The War Heist – Coming in March 2019

The War Heist – Coming in March 2019

It’s June 1940. War is raging in Europe. Winston Churchill sends Britain's wealth in gold bullion and securities to Canada for safekeeping...and a group of American soldiers intends to steal it.

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Pimp for the Dead

Pimp for the Dead

The fourth novel in the series. 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. 

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The Golden Girl and All

The Golden Girl and All

The third book in the acclaimed Hardman series. 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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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