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The Charleston Knife is Back in Town

(Hardman #2)

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The second novel in the unforgettable, long lost series by Ralph Dennis is finally back in print… after being coveted for years by collectors of the very best in hardboiled 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
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Kindle Edition, 171 pages
Published December 3rd 2018 (first published 1974)
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Thomas
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid 4 stars for this entertaining thriller. The bad guys are identified early on, so it is more of a thriller than a mystery. This book 2 in the Hardman series, by Ralph Dennis. It can be read as a stand alone. It was originally packaged as a men's action adventure, but I am reminded of Raymond Chandler's hard edged writing style.
Hardman is an ex Atlanta cop, forced to resign after a false accusation. His partner is Hump, an ex African American football player whose size and skin color
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Col
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The second novel in the unforgettable, long lost series by Ralph Dennis is finally back in print… after being coveted for years by collectors of the very best in hardboiled 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
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Dave
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can Hardman Survive the Charleston Knife?

The second book in the Hardman series is a smoothly-plotted tale of a ripoff scheme gone bad, particularly when the victims are well-connected sharks and gamblers who have the ability to hire a legendary hitman to dispense justice. Hardman and Hump, the Black and White tag-team of an ex-cop who got cheated out of his career and an ex football star whose knees gave out too early, comprise one of the best buddy teams ever. This is Atlanta in the early
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Steve
I received this from AudioBookBoom and the publisher, Brash Books, in exchange for an honest review.

This really is an outstanding series, and is so much more than the "Men's Action Adventure" that is was marketed as back when it was first published in the mid-70s. So glad that Brash Books is rereleasing these long-lost books!

Just like the first one, Jim Hardman and Hump Evans get wrapped up in some violent shenanigans, this time involving a group of kids who set up a robbery of some high-rolling
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Tom Simon
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Author Ralph Dennis began the 'Hardman' series in 1974 with "Atlanta Deathwatch". The book would kick-start a beloved 12 volume run of detective novels. Dennis used racy Atlanta as the backdrop for his two crime-fighters - Jim Hardman and Hump Evans. Recently, author and genre enthusiast Lee Goldberg acquired the publishing rights to 'Hardman' for his imprint, Brash Books.

The second entry, “The Charleston Knife is Back in Town” (1974), features an introduction by author Joe R. Lansdale for its
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Lee Goldberg
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's a tragedy this book was marketed/packaged as a men's action adventure novel. Dennis was the real deal...these deserved to be recognized as straight-up noir. These novels pre-date Robert B. Parker's SPENSER series and yet are strikingly similar... Makes me wonder if Parker might have read one of the Hardmans at some point and it was percolating in his subconscious when he created his own series. Like Spenser, Hardman is an ex-cop turned investigator/bodyguard who lives by his own moral code ...more
Lee Goldberg
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a tragedy this book was marketed/packaged as a men's action adventure novel. Dennis was the real deal...these deserved to be recognized as straight-up noir. These novels pre-date Robert B. Parker's SPENSER series and yet are strikingly similar... Makes me wonder if Parker might have read one of the Hardmans at some point and it was percolating in his subconscious when he created his own series. Like Spenser, Hardman is an ex-cop turned investigator/bodyguard who lives by his own moral code ...more
Ben Boulden
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This second outing for Hardman is even better than the first. A superior hardboiled private eye novel that is smoothly written, featuring nicely drawn characters, a vivid setting and a strong voice.
Mel
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THE CHARLESTON KNIFE IS BACK IN TOWN is the first Hardman book I read back when the series first came out. It was so hard and vicious to me then that I gave up on the series at the time. I was 16 and still had a naïve view of the world. I wanted bad guys who were bad, and heroes who were much better than Hardman seemed to me at the time. It wasn't till later, after I got married and started college, that I came back to the series and fell in love with them.

After my recent re-read of the book, I
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Laura
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

This book was originally published in the 1970's and has the vernacular of that era. This is the second book in the Hardman series. It is a standalone story with no cliffhanger ending. However, this series is great [and thanks to Brasch Books is being re-released, hopefully to the larger audience it deserves], so I highly recommend that you start with the first book. You also gain
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Connie Hamby
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A really good book

If you like good books try Ralph Dennis Hardman books you will really enjoy them I really enjoy them and can't wait for the next one
William
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
This is the second in the Hardman series. I liked the in initial one but this is even better, and I can't find any way to fault it.

The plot is a bit intricate but taut and easy enough to follow. Note that some secondary characters carry over from the first book (The Man and Art, in particular) and it is thus nice to read the series in order to get the continuity. We now learn that Hardman is "forty going on forty-one" and pudgy. It's a distinctive private investigator (even if Jim technically is
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Ralph Carlson
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second great book in this series.
Craig Pittman
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was supposed to be reading two other books, but I made the mistake of reading the first page of this one and after that I couldn't stop. I read the whole thing in two days, and nearly finished it in one.

This is the second book in Ralph Dennis' series about Atlanta ex-cop Jim Hardman and his ex-NFL buddy Hump, and it just zooms from the get-go. Because it was written in the 1970s, there are some dated attitudes to get past -- in this case, involving LGBTQ terms -- but otherwise it's a tough,
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Michael Horner
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Short, gritty and fast moving - this is the second of the Hardman books and it's genuine pulp fiction in the best possible way. It's amazing how this whole series has been ignored because, based on what I have read so far, they are great fun and very well written. The language and values are of their time, so be warned, the books are politically incorrect based on 2019 standards. But so what? These are period pieces and excellent ones too.
D. E.
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An RD. Private Eye/Police Murder Adventure (TCKIBIT - HMB- 2)

RD. has penned the second novel in the Hardman series, which finds him and his trusty partner searching for a gang of wanna be gangsters. Their assignment is to locate the small group, recovery the money and spank them. However, another has bought a Knifeman in from South Carolina. Therefore, they much locate before the Knifeman. This is an excellent read for the genre.....DEHS
D. Durst
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
#2 Hardman Novel

Good, but not as good as the first one. Interesting plot with Hardman & Hump working like buddies, trying to dispatch the bad guys. Both characters are fleshed out more and actually seem human. Still, very good reading.
William
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For the 2nd in the series, a solid entry that has some great characters. A good mix of action, mystery, and touch of horror in the form of a hit man that is brutal and psychotic.
Greg Trosclair
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love these type of books. They are meat and potatoes crime fiction, super fun and easy reads. I look forward to ordering the third book in the series.
Nick Tomashot
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Fantastic read!
Tj
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Straight up badass old school crime story. Hardman and Hump just stomping around and raising hell. A great read.
Jim A
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Typical action novel from the 70's. Sex, bodies and the search for the bad guy. Better than many of the novels of that time period.
Kim A. Mann
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent

Just as good as the masters. Enjoyed reading about Hardman, Hump, and Art and the seamy underbelly of Atlanta's thug life.
Horst Diemert
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book
Good Read if a little short
Glen
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent mystery packaged as a Men's Adventure novel.

When some punks rip off some of the highest rolling gamblers in the country, one of the participants' grandmothers asks Hardman to look after her boy.

This gets Hardman and Hump into a lot of trouble, between the crooks and the cops, trying to get a piece of the action for themselves while an ace hitman is running around Atlanta killing at will.

Great southern 70s sleaze.
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Ralph Dennis was born in South Carolina and had a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina, where he also taught. For mystery fans, Dennis will always be associated with the City of Atlanta, the locale for the twelve novel series about Jim Hardman, former cop and unofficial private eye, all published by Popular Library between 1974 and 1977.

At the time of his death in 1988, he was
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