Posted in 5 paws, California, mystery, Review on October 20, 2013




A shocking page-turner that explores the dark side of the multibillion-dollar porn industry. Ashley Hale was a rising star in the adult entertainment world before she abruptly moved to the other side of the country, leaving behind money, fame, and excitement for a nine-to-five bank job and a sensible apartment. But there was one tie to the industry she could not sever. Her sister, Tara, was also a porn star. Two years later, when Tara supposedly commits suicide, Ashley must return to the San Fernando Valley and the life she thought she’d left behind. Now she’s not sure who she can trust-especially the handsome new video editor who seems intent on helping her. But she won’t leave Los Angeles until she’s proven Tara’s death was a murder. And until she’s faced the killer. One of the most thrilling and original novels of the year, Hardcore crackles with sexual tension, great characters, and enough twists to keep mystery and thriller fans turning pages until every secret is revealed


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WOW! is about all I can think of to say about this book.  A mystery set in the porn industry with its bad rap and seamy individuals.  I’m not sure what I was expecting but this book had everything that a reader could want – shady characters, murder, lies, sex and even some romance.  The characters are well developed and I know that I kept wondering who was someone worthy of trust and who wasn’t.  I will say that I was surprised many times by those that I thought were good but were bad, and those that were evil but were actually good. Plus there was even some romance thrown in to the mix that while seems like a good thing, quickly becomes a little terrifying for Ashley at first before learning the truth about those she thought were helping her.

While I’m not sure if there could be a follow up book with the same cast of characters, I would love to read more by Larry and hope that he has more books coming out in the future!

This is a must read for all mystery lovers!  We give it 5 paws and recommend picking up a copy.  If you have an e-reader it is only $3.99 on either Amazon or B&N.


About the Author

Larry A. Winters is a writer of mysteries and thrillers.  When not writing about porn stars, FBI agents, cops, and killers, he can be found living a life of excitement—reading in his La-Z-Boy, playing video games, and hanging out with his family.



I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review