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 New Five

The New Five

There's never been a sports novel like this one. The basketball action is so raw and visceral, you'll feel like you're on the court yourself.

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Hoop Noir

Hoop Noir

Two gritty, fast-moving novels set in the world of basketball by legendary crime writer Ralph Dennis.

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Tales of a Sad, Fat Wordman

Tales of a Sad, Fat Wordman

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.

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Dust in the Heart

Dust in the Heart

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

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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