cover-pluck-bad-boy-boogie-600x900pxWhen Jay Desmarteaux steps out of from prison after serving twenty-five years for murdering a vicious school bully, he tries to follow his convict mentor’s advice: the best revenge is living well. But questions gnaw at his gut: Where have his folks disappeared to? Why do old friends want him gone? And who wants him dead?

Teaming with his high school sweetheart turned legal Valkyrie, a hulking body shop bodybuilder, and a razor-wielding gentleman’s club house mother, Jay will unravel a tangle of deception all the way back to the bayous where he was born. With an iron-fisted police chief on his tail and a ruthless mob captain at his throat, he’ll need his wits, his fists, and his father’s trusty Vietnam war hatchet to hack his way through a toxic jungle of New Jersey corruption that makes the gator-filled swamps of home feel like the shallow end of the kiddie pool.

BAD BOY BOOGIE is now available in stores from Down and Out Books.

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Advance Praise for Bad Boy Boogie, first in the Jay Desmarteaux series:

“Thomas Pluck has with this novel launched himself into the rare category of … must-read novels … must re-read … must tell all and sundry about. It is that fine, that compelling. Made me relive all that a wonder novel yields. Just tremendous.”
Ken Bruen, author of the Shamus and Macavity Award-winning Jack Taylor mysteries

“Thomas Pluck’s BAD BOY BOOGIE is a vivid dose of New Jersey noir with heart, soul and muscle.”
Wallace Stroby, author of the Crissa Stone series

“My first Thomas Pluck novel won’t be my last. Bad Boy Boogie is a superb, taut, little thriller that hits all the right notes and sustains its central conceits to the very last page.”
– Adrian McKinty, author of the Sean Duffy crime novels

“Thomas Pluck is a crime writer to watch. Steeped in the genre’s grand tradition but with heart and bravado all his own, his writing is lean, smart and irresistibly compelling.”
–Megan Abbott, author of You Will Know Me and Queenpin


Thomas Pluck writes unflinching fiction with heart. He is the author of the action-adventure thriller Blade of Dishonor and over fifty published short stories. He also edited two charity anthologies to benefit PROTECT: The National Association to Protect Children, Protectors, and Protectors 2: Heroes.

Joe DeathWade and his best friend Red Collins have only lived eleven summers, but the one they’ll remember for the rest of their lives is when Blind Joe Death visited their holler, spinning tales of deadly haints and black dogs that steal souls in the night. Wade lost his father in the mines, and Red wishes his were dead. When the boys invite this strange hoodoo man into their lives they learn that the real monsters walk on two feet and sit beside us in church, and there is no darkness colder than what lurks within the human heart.

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HotRodFinalFlatBobby and Karen fit together like two sharp-toothed gears, suping up cars, racing them for pinks, and selling their rods to scrape a living. Then an old friend comes calling, and the jealous, brutal world conspires to tear them apart.

A fierce and fiery chopped & channeled noir novelette. An e-book original.

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E-cover_Blade-Of-Dishonor_omnibus (1)A centuries-old battle between ninja and samurai over a stolen sword… enter ‘Rage Cage’ Reeves!Taught to fight by his war hero grandfather, Reeves comes home to find Grandpa Butch embroiled in a centuries-old battle over a treasured Japanese sword. Together they team up with Tara the hot-rodding ambulance driver and a secretive member of a samurai warrior brotherhood to take on a powerful clan of ninja and yakuza bent on sparking a third world war.

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Get PluckedIn a tribute to Elmore Leonard, a computer nerd and an Island barmaid race against the mob; a shifty construction foreman encounters zombies and sex dungeons in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy; visitors review the Overlook hotel from THE SHINING; a psychotic virus hunter plans to unleash apocalypse during the panic of 2012; a kid who hides in the woods to scare urban legend hunters gets a surprise of his own, and eight more twisted, dark and funny tales.

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Our Lady of VengeanceSome say “the best revenge is living well.” Not the people in these stories! 13 crime, action, and noir tales of ice cold retribution and burning two-fisted fury.

Includes a Jay Desmarteaux tale that was only available in Hills of Fire: Bare-Knuckle Yarns of Appalachia, a story from the final issue of HARDBOILED, and more. A trip into the cool cruel world of criminals, ronin, veterans, bluesmen, bullies, hot-rodders, and the wronged screaming for vengeance.

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Steel Heart Cover 2500x1563Presenting ten tales of fierce emotion from the streets, the underbelly, and the house next door: A mob enforcer spars with a ruthless crime boss to rescue a child from a hellish home. A street racer finds the love of his life as he escapes from the cops. Jay Desmarteaux tangles with a psycho trucker and the red-hot lawyer of a violent biker gang, fighting a battle worthy of the Road Warrior in the Utah desert for his very soul.

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Denny the Dent “I’m not smart, but I listen good.”
Denny Forrest is six foot five, three-fifty, and born with a dent in the side of his head that makes everyone he meets think he is just big and stupid. He can lift a truck off a trapped child… or twist a man’s head clean off with his bare hands. In these five tales of urban noir, the baddest men on the streets of Newark just won’t let Denny and his friends be. He may not know a lot, but he knows right from wrong… and how to make wrong right with his two big hands. 5 tales of brutal street justice.

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The newest anthology to benefit PROTECT is 600+ pages of fiction from legends such as Harlan Ellison, Joyce Carol Oates, David Morrell, Andrew Vachss, and Joe R. Lansdale; rising stars like Hilary Davidson, Laird Barron, and Joelle Charbonneau, and new fiction from emerging talents. Spanning all genres and including a personal essay from Alison Arngrim, this collection truly has something for everyone, and all proceeds go to PROTECT to fight online predators and fund the fight against the sexual, emotional, and physical abuse of children.

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ebookProtectors1024x1544 copy 41 Authors. 41 Stories. One cause: PROTECT. Protectors includes the exclusive three opening chapters to Ken Bruen’s upcoming novel Spectre in the Galway Wind, plus powerful stories from George Pelecanos, Andrew Vachss, Joe R. Lansdale, Charles de Lint, Chet Williamson, James Reasoner, Charlie Stella, Michael A. Black, Wayne Dundee, Roxane Gay, Ray Banks, Tony Black, Les Edgerton and 27 more, and 100% of the proceeds go to PROTECT, The National Association to Protect Children.

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4 thoughts on “Books

  1. Dear Mr. Pluck,

    I read and enjoyed your review of my book, and wanted to thank you for your fine essay and all the compliments and good words regarding my attempt to catch a bit of the 1950s. You write very good prose yourself.

    I hope to meet you sometime. I love your description of your background and work history. Sweeping the Guggenheim with no criminal plan in mind is a beaut, brother.

    Rock on, noble mon.


    James Lee Burke

  2. I have been reading Gerald Kersh for over 50 years. In your introduction to CLOCK WITHOUT HANDS, you quote from the title story “He was something less than nondescript— he was blurred, like a smudged fingerprint…” It may be interesting to compare this with something early in THE WEAK AND THE STRONG “It is impossible to describe this man… the massed faces of a hundred thousand men make one blank pallor… The man might be one hundred-thousandth part of the featureless whiteness… a mark on a wall— a smudged fingerprint.”

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