The Broken Fixer

The Broken Fixer by Ralph Dennis

The gritty, hard-edged novel of sex, crime, and corruption in 1970s Atlanta…and the man who is paid to hide it all… by Ralph Dennis, author of the legendary Hardman series of detective novels.

Vince Gorman is a ruthless lawyer with flexible morality who makes problems go away for David Wardlaw, an Atlanta real estate developer and the owner of the city’s pro basketball team. Wardlaw doesn’t care how Vince fixes things…as long as it gets done. But now Vince is in over his head… covering up a possibly fatal hit-and-run by the team’s hard-partying star shooter… and competing with Wardlaw’s rivals to bribe, blackmail and intimidate the corrupt politicians who award the city’s rich construction contracts…all while desperately scrambling to keep his own life of dark secrets, relentless womanizing, and soul-rotting compromises from crashing down around him. 

This is an edited and revised version of a book previously published in 1975 under the title Atlanta.


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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

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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 The Broken Fixer

The Broken Fixer 5.0

Exceptional characterization, strong and vigorous prose, and a glimpse into a place and time that has long since disappeared.

Mystery Scene Magazine

The Broken Fixer 5.0

Straight-up, hardboiled crime fiction, written in a tight, evocative voice with a wicked, dark sense of humor.

Lee Goldberg

The Broken Fixer 5.0

His prose is muscular, swift and highly readable.

Joe R. Lansdale

The Broken Fixer 5.0

Ralph Dennis has mastered the genre and supplied top entertainment.

New York Times