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Books by J.J. Hensley

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J.J. Hensley’s debut novel (RESOLVE) is a lean, fast-paced, suspenseful murder mystery – told with style, intelligence, and wit.  It pulled me in immediately and kept me guessing from start to finish.

– John Verdon – bestselling author of Let The Devil Sleep

RESOLVE marks the emergence of J.J. Hensley as a crime writer to watch, an author whose real world scars give him an insight into fiction’s mean streets.”

– James Grady – author of Six Days of the Condor and Mad Dogs

Measure Twice

J.J. Hensley keeps you turning the pages from the very start.  A finely crafted story of redemption, MEASURE TWICE will keep your adrenaline pumping.

– Tim Green, bestselling author of The Forth Perimeter and Exact Revenge

It’s about time somebody gave Hannibal Lecter a run for his money. Lester Mayton, the serial killer who sets new standards of murderous inventiveness in J.J. Hensley’s new novel MEASURE TWICE, is up to the task. Hensley walks a reader right up the edge of unbearable dread, then leavens it with flashes of witty insights into the way local bureaucracies and political infighting can hamper something even as critical as the need to stop a killer before he strikes again.

– Gwen Florio, award-winning author of Montana and Dakota

Bolt Action Remedy

In Trevor Galloway, J.J. Hensley has given us a deliciously flawed hero whose unique gift makes him a phenomenal investigator, but also leaves him teetering on the razor-thin edge of genius and insanity. In Bolt Action Remedy, the reader follows Galloway on a chilling journey into the snowy world of biathlon as well as into the shadowy vortex of his wounded mind where neither he nor the reader knows at what point reality ends and hallucination begins. Hensley weaves a captivating tale while providing an authentic voice and a dash of ironic humor.

-Annette Dashofy, USA Today Bestselling Author of the Zoe Chambers Mysteries

Fast-paced and funny, Bolt Action Remedy is an action-packed thriller that will keep readers guessing from the first to the final page.

-Rebecca Drake, author of Only Ever You

Bolt Action Remedy is the real thing:  fast, dangerous, and with a unique setting used in interesting ways.  Oh, and another thing:  It’s entertaining as hell.

-Andrew Pyper, International Thriller Writers Award winning author of The Damned and The Demonologist


In Record Scratch, Hensley, a former secret service agent, gifts us with a bounty of goods: a solid mystery, a damaged but relatable main character—one you root for, and swift plotting that weaves a compelling, compulsive tale of music and death and the demons carried by those in law enforcement. Bring me more Trevor!

-Shannon Kirk, international bestselling author of Method 15/33

J.J. Hensley’s Record Scratch is a tersely written and tightly plotted gem, featuring one of the most unique protagonists around, Trevor Galloway, a man who has a way of getting himself into and out of trouble at an alarming rate. The book is action-packed with a dash of mordant wit, and I can’t wait to read more in this intense, engaging series.

-David Bell, USA Today bestselling author of Somebody’s Daughter

J.J. Hensley’s tale of a stoic PI investigating the murder of a has-been rock star is equal parts classic whodunnit and gritty noir, peppered with high-octane action scenes that will leave you breathless. Record Scratch is like a throat punch: powerful, shocking, and unapologetic, but the surprising poignant ending will stay with you a long after you’ve finished the book. This is a thriller that crackles from the first page to the last.

-Jennifer Hillier, author of Jar of Hearts


Galloway, with all his delusions and uncertain perceptions of what is or isn’t real around him, is an appealing and sympathetic hero with all the swagger of a Phillip Marlowe. He’s supported by an eclectic cast of characters, both real and imagined. Detective fiction fans will look forward to his further adventures.

-Publishers Weekly

Trevor Galloway was a Pittsburgh narcotics cop, then a PI, and then a patient in a psychiatric facility.
Along the way, he initiated a bloodbath as revenge for the killing of the woman he loved. Now he’s free
but virtually unemployable, heavily medicated, and at a loss at how to put his life back together. An old
friend, Nick, a former Secret Service agent, brings Trevor photos he’s obtained of presidential wannabe
Dennis Hackney taken by an unknown stalker in various restricted settings. Nick wants Trevor to learn the
identity of the photographer. Trevor soon learns Nick has been killed, and Trevor is a suspect. Then there’s
Bethany, a bartender at a local franchised fast-food restaurant who takes a shine to Trevor and teams up to
help him find Nick’s killer. The pair soon learn that much of the financing for Hackney’s campaign comes
from arms dealing to third-world countries. The premise of a mentally damaged ex-cop with hallucinations
who is unsure of what he’s actually seen is a tricky one, but Hensley pulls it off. An unusual and very
entertaining thriller.

– Booklist

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