Steve Sharp was a cop. Now he works for himself. He is a hard man. He is looking for Jo. Jo left home to shack up with Big John, a drug dealer. Steve Sharp is a reading series, published by Ransom Publishing, for older struggling readers. Sharp is an Afro-Caribbean detective trying to do the right thing in the tough world of gangsters and organised crime. These stories are a fresh update of the traditional hard-boiled tough detective fiction of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. The texts are based upon recognised high frequency vocabulary and emphasis has been placed on making the texts phonetically decodable wherever possible.The books are black and white and illustrated throughout. The short clipped style of the 500-word stories is perfectly suited for older reluctant readers and struggling readers. The Steve Sharp series is ideal for ages 12 to adult with a reading age of 5 - 7 years.