The third adventure in the legendary crime novel series by Ralph Dennis.
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.
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. Peggy has disappeared into an Atlanta underworld populated by the dirty cops, crooked lawyers and violent mobsters that she’s bedded and betrayed…and who keep coming back for more. The only way Hardman can find her is to follow the trail of corpses that she’s left in her wake… without becoming one himself.
This edition includes an introduction by New York Times bestselling author Joe R. Lansdale and an afterword by Richard A. Moore.
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.
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.
Like Chandler and Hammett before him, Dennis was trying to do something different with what was thought of as throwaway literature.
Among the best series books around. The dialogue is marvelously realistic.
The Hardman books are by far the best of the men’s action-adventure series.
Gritty writing? Tough talk? Gripping action? Yes, yes and yes.