Two gritty, fast-moving novels set in the world of basketball by legendary crime writer Ralph Dennis.
This collection of some of Ralph's early short stories and poetry, framed with excerpts from articles about him and by essays from authors who knew him well.
There's a killer stalking children in a small, North Carolina town...and the only one who can stop him is the local Sheriff, a man crippled physically and emotionally by a war that he's still fighting within himself. The haunting, powerful new thriller by Ralph Dennis, author of the legendary Hardman series of crime novels
The recently discovered, long-lost, 13th and final Hardman adventure sends the unlicensed PI to London to find a missing man...where he becomes embroiled in an ugly case of embezzlement and murder.
Fans of Dennis (1931–1988) will welcome the author’s previously unpublished, hard-hitting 13th and final book featuring unlicensed Atlanta PI Jim Hardman. Dennis wrote, in the best sense, old-school hardboiled crime fiction. His strong prose and well-paced storytelling place him alongside the likes of George V. Higgins and Ross MacDonald.
Considering the excellent prose and Chandler-esque dialogue, it's surprising that Dennis never found acclaim. Tight plotting and a hero resembling Philip Marlowe; readers will want to discover the earlier books in this lost series
The Hardman novels capture the city of Atlanta; it’s class divide, social structure, racial tensions and corruption – issues such as gentrification, old money and the criminal underbelly. This one changes direction in unexpected and original ways several times, but most of all the femme fatale, Anna, is a complex take on the form, a fully rounded woman who makes the novel tick.
Ralph Dennis was a master of believable action and surprising heart, with characters who could dish out the tough guy banter with the best of them. 'All Kinds of Ugly' is a beauty, though; a pure distillation of grade A, hardboiled pulp that dares to reach for more.