The Charleston Knife is Back in Town

The Charleston Knife is Back in Town by Ralph Dennis

The second novel in the unforgettable, long lost series by Ralph Dennis is finally back in print… after being coveted for years by collectors of the very best in hardboiled fiction. 

Jim Hardman was a mediocre 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. 

Five kids rip off a gambling party attended by Hump Evans and some of Atlanta’s criminal and political elite. Hardman is hired to recover the loot and find the kids before they are caught and butchered by a hitman from Charleston with a very sharp knife.

This new edition includes an introduction by Joe R. Lansdale, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hap & Leonard crime novels.

 


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 The Charleston Knife is Back in Town

The Charleston Knife is Back in Town 5.0

His prose was muscular, swift and highly readable. Like Chandler and Hammett before him, Dennis was trying to do something different with what was thought of as throwaway literature.

Joe R. Lansdale, from his introduction

The Charleston Knife is Back in Town 5.0

Expert writing, plus good plotting and an unusual degree of sensitivity. Ralph Dennis has mastered the genre and supplied top entertainment.

New York Times

The Charleston Knife is Back in Town 5.0

Among the best series books around. The dialogue is marvelously realistic.

Philadelphia Daily News

The Charleston Knife is Back in Town 5.0

The Hardman books are by far the best of the men’s  action-adventure series.

Mother Jones Magazine

The Charleston Knife is Back in Town 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