Noir at the Bar NYC, Sunday April 2nd

17434958_10211197490265769_7139870309174729479_oI’ll be reading at Noir at the Bar NYC, Sunday April 2nd at Shade Bar in the Village with a great lineup of writers. Come join me, I’ll might be reading from Bad Boy Boogie, and may even have copies with me. (If not, I’ll be at signings at The Mysterious Bookshop, Astoria Bookshop, and Watchung Booksellers in April–check out my Events page).

 

Also, Bad Boy Boogie is out in the wild and garnering rave reviews. BOLO Books, Sons of Spade, Criminal Element, Kevin’s Corner, and Do Some Damage have chimed in:

“Reacher fans can find plenty to root for in this brawler with a strong sense of justice.”

“Burke meets Parker on steroids.”

“heartbreaking, violent, subtly funny, and above all, well-told.”

“Pluck’s writing has an edge of artful realism, when he makes you laugh and when he makes the reader cringe.”

If you haven’t grabbed a copy yet, you can order at the links below. Or ask your local library to order a copy:

IndieBound via your local bookstore
Paperback on Amazon and for Amazon Kindle
B&N Paperback and Nook
Kobo E-Book
iTunes Bookstore

 

Bad Boy Boogie sweepstakes at the Criminal Element

Five days until Bad Boy Boogie officially busts out of prison… if you haven’t pre-ordered it yet, what’s stopping you? If you do, I will send you a personally inscribed bookmark, and a little something to spice up yo’ life. You have until Tuesday.

If you’re the gambling type, you can hop on over to Criminal Element and try your luck at a free copy in their sweepstakes. You can also read the first chapter which kicks off Jay’s story with a bang…

There are already reports of the book in the wild, so don’t get left behind. One reader called it “Burke meets Parker on steroids” which made me blush. Jay wouldn’t use performance enhancing drugs, and unlike the legendary Parker, he will crack a joke… he’s a little more Grofield meets Parker!

photo courtesy Jenn R.

AC/DC Noir: do the bad boy boogie

If you’ve only listened to recent AC/DC you’d think they’ve always been an arena rock band with a fondness for simple chords and double entendre, coasting on their big hits. But once they were young and hungry, and led by outlaw rocker Bon Scott, they told stories dark as Rory Gallagher’s that rebelled against the shackles of the status quo. Over at Andrew Nette’s Pulp Curry website, I guest blog about some of my favorite forgotten songs of theirs.

One of which is “Bad Boy Boogie,” which I chose for the title of the first Jay Desmarteaux crime novel.

AC/DC Noir at Pulp Curry

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The Bad Boy Boogie Goodreads Giveaway

My generous publisher Down & Out Books is giving away three copies of Bad Boy Boogie on Goodreads! You need to be a Goodreads member to join the giveaway, but it’s free and easy, so give it a go. It is open to the United States only. You can ENTER HERE.

And if you want a 100% chance of winning, you can pre-order the book! The e-book is 60% off cover price. And if you send proof of purchase, I’ll send you a signed postcard and a PDF of the Jay Desmarteaux story that happens between this book and the next. Here are all the details.

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Two stories on Great Jones Street

If you love reading short stories, there’s a great new app by Great Jones Street that has a thousand of them, all free. They’re calling themselves the NetFlix of short fiction, and their app is a lifesaver any time you’re trapped in line or on a train, and you’ve left your book at home.

My stories “Mannish Water,” a Caribbean crime caper, and “The Big Snip,” my neuter-scooter noir from Lawrence Block’s Dark City Lights that was also chosen for The Year’s Best Mystery & Crime 2016, are both available on Great Jones Street.

Get it in the app store for Apple or Android, and read away!

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pre-order Bad Boy Boogie and get swag

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

cover-pluck-bad-boy-boogie-600x900pxGet this Bad Boy right here:
IndieBound via your local bookstore
Paperback on Amazon and for Amazon Kindle
B&N Paperback and Nook
Kobo E-Book
iTunes Bookstore

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!

 

Bad Boy Boogie uncovered!

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Ain’t she a beauty? Designed by James Ray Tuck Jr., a fine author in his own right. Working with Eric and Lance at Down & Out Books has been a dream. The book will be published in April. It will be available for pre-order soon, and I will share the links once they are live.

So you can’t read it yet, but here’s what people who have read it 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’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

“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

“Jay Desmarteaux is a worthy addition to the list of crime fiction protagonists.  He’s Louisiana heart mixed with pure New Jersey grit.  Thomas Pluck’s prose is taut, muscular, and pulls the reader through the book’s violent bursts at a light speed clip.  Look out for this one.”
– Dave White, Shamus Award Nominated writer of the Jackson Donne 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

“Beautiful Bad-assery. Full of lyrical longing for a youth unfulfilled and the brutal truth of an adulthood gone dangerously wrong. Brilliant. Thomas Pluck may well be the bastard love child of James Lee Burke and Richard Stark.”
– Josh Stallings, author of Anthony and Lefty Award nominated Young Americans, and the Mo McGuire series

And here’s a little taste:

When Jay Desmarteaux walked out the gates of Rahway Prison, the sun hit his face like air on a fresh wound. The breeze smelled different, felt charged, electric. He had spent twenty-five years as a monk locked inside a dank Shaolin temple dedicated to violence and human predation while the men who put him there lived free from fear.

Men who needed killing.

I’ll be touring, so if you want to hear me read, grab a beer, arm wrassle, or set my beard aflame, check out my Events page.