The day has come. Bad Boy Boogie: a Jay Desmarteau crime thriller, is now available for pre-order. If you’ve read short stories with Jay in ThugLit and Blood on the Bayou, you know what to expect from this ex-con Cajun bad boy, who’s just as deadly with his wits as his fists:
When 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.
If you email me your paperback pre-order receipt (photo, email from Amazon or B&N, etc) and include a mailing address, I will send you a surprise on publication day: a signed bookmark, and I’ll email you the Jay Desmarteaux short story that kicks off right after Bad Boy Boogie ends. Send it to me (remove the spaces) at badboypre @ thomaspluck . com
On the fence? Here’s what a few of my literary heroes have to say:
“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 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
“Tough, tight, and taut, BAD BOY BOOGIE is a standout. Thomas Pluck is a writer who knows his dark territory inside and out. A damn fine read from start to finish.” –Hilary Davidson, author of Blood Always Tells
And don’t you love the cover? Even if you don’t, you can’t miss it!