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What if a stranger gave you $95,000 in cash as he lay dying in the street? Do you keep it? Even after knowing who it really belongs to?

Ex-private investigator Jack Barnett is handed such an envelope on a back street in Las Vegas. He needs the money, but as he learns more about it, he is drawn deeper into the world of a shady real estate mogul, whose reach extends all the way to a Texas border town, where bribery is the way things get done.

Hard Cash is a hard-boiled novelette, the second entry in Mike Dennis’ Jack Barnett / Las Vegas Series, centering around a reluctant ex-private investigator who walks the darkest streets of Sin City, USA.

This book also comes with an exclusive preview of the next installment in the series, a full novel called The Downtown Deal.

Ebook available on Amazon. Paperback available on CreateSpace.






Cover w/Max Allan Collins blurb for Man-Slaughter, novel by Mike DennisIt’s hot in the Florida Keys in August. For Teddy Myles, it’s even hotter as he tries to outrun both the law and his partners in crime. He flees to Key West to set up a new identity and an escape to the Caribbean. But he meets up with Gail, a sexy local, who has other things in mind for him.

Soon he finds himself trapped into pulling one more job, this one for over a million. His former partners are tracking him, the cops are onto him, and a hurricane is coming.

Time is running out, but will it be on his side?

Man-Slaughter is the third in Mike Dennis’ Key West Nocturnes Series, pulling the reader out of the sunshine and deep into the shadows of the American tropics.

The book also comes with an exclusive preview of the fourth book in the series, The Guns Of Miami.

Ebook available on Amazon. Paperback available on CreateSpace.






Jack Barnett has had it with the private eye business. They took his license away in LA, and fearing criminal prosecution, he split town in the middle of the night for Las Vegas, where anyone can become anonymous.

He swears off the business, but his money runs low and when a man offers him $5000 to find his missing daughter, he agrees. He soon wishes he hadn’t when the haunting memory of a woman from his past gets in the way.

Temptation Town is a hardboiled novelette, the first of the Jack Barnett series from Mike Dennis. Set in the steaming underbelly of Las Vegas, these tales of a reluctant ex-private investigator drag the reader down the darkest streets of Sin City, USA.

The book also comes with an exclusive preview of the next Jack Barnett installment, a short story called Hard Cash.

Ebook available on Amazon. Paperback available on CreateSpace.






a novel by Mike DennisWhat if two murders, spaced nearly fifty years apart, turn out to be linked to a safe deposit box, whose contents hold the key to decades-old secrets and threaten national security?

The second exciting novel in Mike Dennis’ Key West Nocturnes series, The Ghosts Of Havana is a tale of old vendettas that will not die. It continues to lift the veil off Key West, revealing it as a true noir city, on a par with Los Angeles, New Orleans, or Miami.

The book also comes with an exclusive preview of the third book in the series, Man-Slaughter.

Ebook available on Amazon. Paperback available on CreateSpace.








a novel by Mike DennisKey West, 1991. Don Roy Doyle is back in town. Tough and quick-witted, he’s fresh out of prison, where he served three years for a diamond swindle. Now he’s back to collect his share of the proceeds, but the money has vanished.

A local family dynasty which has controlled the island’s politics for generations, a cop with a grudge, the FBI, and the Russian mob all have a stake in the action. They’re convinced Cuba is on the verge of “opening up”, and they all want Doyle gone.

In this tightly-knit town, who can be trusted? And how long can Doyle stay alive?

Setup On Front Street is the first novel in Mike Dennis’ Key West Nocturnes series, books which take you inside the world of Key West noir, a world tucked way back in the shadows, where the tourists never go. It comes with a preview of the second book in the series, The Ghosts Of Havana.

Ebook available on Amazon. Paperback available on CreateSpace.






From the other side of the human condition comes this collection of noir tales by Mike Dennis.

1. FULLY LOADED /  It’s 1984 and Biloxi, Mississippi has seen better days. Sherry Lamar, used car saleswoman, is feeling the pinch until one day, a stranger walks onto her small car lot and ushers her into a world of steamy sex and murder.

2. THE DEVIL DRIVES A BIG MERCEDES  /  An incident between a seven-year-old boy and his two younger sisters starts him on a downward spiral into self-doubt and later, depravity, that will last his entire life.

3. BLOCK  /  A famous crime fiction novelist develops writer’s block on her novel-in-progress and is unable to continue, until a mysterious early-morning phone caller claims to have the answers.

Ebook available on Amazon. Paperback available on CreateSpace.






New Kindle cover smallerIn the world of small-time bookie Eddie Ryan, only the cop cars are black and white. Everything else swirls in a kind of gray soup. Overcome by greed, lust, and the survival instinct, Eddie takes part in a high-stakes heist, stepping into a morally treacherous world where no one can be trusted, and where life expectancy is short. Set in the dim half-light of the Houston and New Orleans demimondes, The Take is a fast-paced, nerve-jangling ride.

Ebook available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Fictionwise. Paperback available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.









A young, headstrong, performer with white-hot talent.

A president of a small record company with big ambitions.

A nervous nation coping with a new, dangerous music.

It’s Memphis, 1958. 

It’s rock & roll, brother!

It’s …


Ebook available on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Smashwords.





In this short story, Harry’s a blackjack dealer at the Flamingo in Las Vegas. The kind of guy you’d never notice. Ordinary-looking, inconspicuous, practically invisible. Lives in a little apartment behind the hotel. Been working graveyard shift for twelve years now. Got no life of any consequence.

But one night Petra sits down at his table, and then …


Ebook available on Amazon.







Jeff Dryden is a top recording session guitarist in LA. Makes big money. Has a beautiful wife and a big house. Life is good.

But one night, he’s awakened by a phone call from a record producer who needs him for a session right away. The money is good, so he agrees, but this late-night session will dredge up long-buried memories and dreams, and wind up changing his life forever.

The Session calls together Mike Dennis’ past as a professional musician and his present as a noir fiction author in a harrowing portrayal of a man who can’t quite grab the brass ring.


Ebook available on Amazon.


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