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.
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.
The Man, the "Black Godfather" of Atlanta, wants Hardman to find out who is killing his crew before a gang war erupts. The 11th book in the legendary series.
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.
In the 10th novel in the series, Hardman refuses to help a couple find their daughter, a fugitive wanted for robbery and murder, but Hump takes the case, putting their partnership in jeopardy.
Dennis wrote with assurance. His prose was muscular, swift, and highly readable
Ralph Dennis is an underappreciated master. His Hardman series is one of the finest in the P.I. genre
Among the best series books around
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.