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Pimp for the Dead

Hardman, Book 4
Narrated by: Shawn Compton
Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
4 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Jim Hardman was an 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.

A small-town farmer hires Hardman to find his teenage daughter who ran off to Atlanta to become a model...and ended up a hooker. It’s fast work for Hardman, but she’s gunned down minutes after he finds her. To hunt her killer, Hardman and Hump Evans take a deep dive into a bottomless cesspool of vice and greed that could drown them.

This new edition includes an introduction by Joe R. Lansdale, author of the Hap & Leonard novels, and an afterword by Paul Bishop, author and retired LAPD homicide detective.

“Among the best series books around.” (Philadelphia Daily News)

“Expert writing, plus good plotting, and an unusual degree of sensitivity." (New York Times)

©2018 Adventures in Television, Inc (P)2019 Adventures in Television, Inc

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Any book that starts out with a warning about the time it was originally written giving you a warning about the content within it is going to be a doozy. Thankfully, that warning helped me enjoy the book more. It also explained that this was a much older book that was just being released on audio (which I wouldn’t have known going into it due to the great new cover art).

The Golden Girl and All is, what I believe to be the third book in the Hardman series and I could tell a little bit that I was being thrown into an already built up character. The era that this book was written is similar to the Fletch books and there were some themes that carried over from the Fletch series but it was definitely missing some of the things that Fletch got right.

The story itself is that Hardman is hired to find the daughter of his client who they believe has been taken by her other parent. It looked and felt like an open and shut case but once Hardman dug in a bit he quickly realized that there was a lot more going on. The story takes him to interesting places and he has to chat with some colorful characters.

There was even a twist point where I was pretty sure the book was over but I was wrong – there was a major surprise there that caught me off guard (that I enjoyed). I thought it added another depth to the story that it was missing up until that point.

Overall, I thought that Shawn Compton breathed life into an old story. I enjoyed it and it was a fast read but it wasn’t my favorite mystery/detective novel I’ve ever read. It was good at parts and felt like there was filler for some others. I would probably check out at least one more book in the series before I made up my mind though. It’s funny because I want to call this book old-school but that is exactly what it is. It wouldn’t be insulting since it was written 40 years ago.

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I could not wait to continue this listen!

When I saw that the fourth book in this series was available, I got absolutely giddy. Hardman and Hump ride again!!!!

As the title says, this whodunnit involves street walkers. That part of it was a tad unpleasant but the story was never too graphic. We got glimpses into the destructive mindset and that was the catalyst to all the fun Hardman and Hump had tracking down the bad guys. I liked that Art, the trusted cop friend, was along for more of the fun this time. (Which helped since both Hardman and Hump took some physical abuse.).

When it was all said and done, the good guys remained triumphant (albeit bruised and battered.)

Shawn Compton is the perfect narrator for this series. Hardman is a slightly overweight ex-cop. Hump is a very large former NFL football player. Both of them were well-narrated.

I didn't look to see if there was a book five. I didn't want to be disappointed. Fingers crossed.