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Publisher's Summary

The first novel in the unforgettable, long-lost series by Ralph Dennis is finally available…after being coveted for years by collectors of the very best in hard-boiled 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. 

Hardman is hired by The Man, a black mobster, to investigate the murder of his white girlfriend, a college student. It’s a case that plunges Hardman and Evans into the center of a violent street war that stretches from Atlanta’s seedy back alleys to the marbled corridors of power. 

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

“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)

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Critic Reviews

“The Hardman books are by far the best of the men’s action-adventure series.” (Mother Jones Magazine)

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great Detective

I would love to see this book as an action movie it was very thrilling very interesting in full of amazing moments I loved this book very much it was very well written and very intense and the narrator did a wonderful job
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Great listen!!

Even though this book is dated, it was a great listen!

I loved the two main bad/good guys, Jim Hardman, the ex-cop and Hump, the ex-jock. They had some rough edges and quite a few issues but I rooted for them anyway.

This book was more crime thriller than mystery. It was very well-written and very well narrated.

If you can get past the racism and the misogyny, you will be well-rewarded.