The Deadly Cotton Heart

The Deadly Cotton Heart by Ralph Dennis

The eighth novel in the legendary Hardman series.

Ex-cop Jim Hardman and ex-NFL player Hump Evans will do anything for a buck, short of murder. But this time, that’s exactly the service that Hardman is offering. He’s posing as a hitman in a sting being run by his only friend left on the Atlanta PD. The scam goes fatally wrong and Hardman becomes the guy with the target on his back…

This new edition includes an Afterword from author Robert J. Randisi, founder of the Private Eye Writers of America


Books by Ralph Dennis

The Buy Back Blues – Coming in June

The Buy Back Blues – Coming in June

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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The Last of the Armageddon Wars – Coming in June

The Last of the Armageddon Wars – Coming in June

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.

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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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Hump’s First Case

Hump’s First Case

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.

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Reviews For The Deadly Cotton Heart

The Deadly Cotton Heart 5.0

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

Mystery Scene

The Deadly Cotton Heart 5.0

Dennis may not have made literature of Hardman, but he damn sure touched on it more than a time or two.

Joe R. Lansdale