What actors would you cast in PAROLE?

My new novel PAROLE was originally conceived as a screenplay, and I’m hoping that someday it will be made into a movie. It has all the ingredients of an action/comedy/thriller, which is my favorite kind of movie, and I pulled out all the stops to make it entertaining.  If you read it (which I hope you will), you can have some fun thinking about which actors you would like to see as the main characters – Kenny Ruffin, Cat McGrath, and Julie Morales.

So far we’ve received nominations for Jamie Foxx as Ruffin and Steve Buscemi as McGrath. Excellent choices, and I’d love hear what other ideas people may have. A spirited debate would add to the fun.

Don’t forget that Ruffin is about 38 years old and McGrath around fifty. But if your favorite actors are beyond that range (and who isn’t?), don’t hesitate to nominate them anyway. This is like rotisserie football — they don’t actually have to play!

My nominations are:

Kenny Ruffin — Justin Key (he’s actually the right age for the role)

Cat McGrath – Billy Bob Thornton (a little long in the tooth)

Julie Morales – Michelle Rodriguez (I hope she’s staying young)

If you’re especially ambitious, think about the more minor roles:  Jayden, Shanise, Derek, Alonzo, Chung, Burke and Kimberly.

Looking forward to hearing your choices!


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A crime/action thriller in the Elmore Leonard tradition: PAROLE

“You can get out of jail, but you never get out of parole.” 

My new novel, PAROLE, has just been published and is available on Amazon in both paperback and ebook format. It’s the story of  two prisoners – one black and the other white – who are paroled from San Quentin on the same day and sent back to L.A. on the same bus. On the inside they hated each other; on the outside their lives quickly become intertwined as each tries to recover what he has lost.

Kenny Ruffin, a former gang leader serving hard time in San Quentin, looks forward to his release so he can get his life back and meet his teenage son for the first time. His destiny becomes entangled with that of a redneck career criminal called Cat McGrath when the two of them are sent back to L.A. on the same bus. McGrath warns Ruffin that the gangs will never allow him back on the street and he will end up back in prison no matter what he does. As predicted, they are met with gunfire as they step off the bus. Ruffin vows to track down the shooters to redeem his honor and status, as McGrath draws him into a crackbrained scheme to even old scores with a gang of dirty cops.

With memorable characters, lots of action, a suspenseful plot and plenty of humor, PAROLE is a crime thriller in the tradition of Elmore Leonard.

“…A tale that is hard to put down and satisfyingly original: a standout in its genre.” — Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review 

Ken Bruen, author of the award-winning Jack Taylor series, called PAROLE “…A joy to read.”  


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Perfectly Healthy Man Drops Dead is back–and it’s on sale for 99 cents!

My first novel, Perfectly Healthy Man Drops Dead, is back in a new, slightly revised Tenth Anniversary Edition.  Until March 8, the Amazon ebook will be on sale for only 99 cents!  If you missed this book the first time around, now is your chance to read it for less than a dollar. Midwest Book Review called Perfectly Healthy Man Drops Dead “a gripping mystery from the first page to the last.”  And I’ve been told it’s pretty funny, too.  At Amazon, you can purchase and download it on virtually any device.

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POTLATCH and THE DEVIL’S CHAPLAIN now available as Audible audio books – Get a free download!

My two latest books, POTLATCH: A COMEDY and THE DEVIL’S CHAPLAIN, are now available as audio books on Audible, Amazon’s audio book site. If you would like to download and listen to a FREE AUDIO BOOK of  either or both of these titles, please send an email to bruce.hartman.books@gmail.com and I will send you a free PROMOTION CODE which you can use to download a free audio book. (Offer limited to the first 25 requests.)

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Midwest Book Review praises The Devil’s Chaplain as “thoroughly engrossing.”

In its May 2018 issue, Midwest Book Review, one of the most respected independent book review organizations, has published its review of The Devil’s Chaplain, praising the book as “powerfully wrought” and “thoroughly engrossing… a riveting story that hinges on clues so elusive that the tension is exquisitely drawn.” You can read the full review here. 

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