Interview with Zak Mucha on fictional abusers & and how to defend against real ones

I interviewed Zak Mucha​ about his book Emotional Abuse: A Manual for Self-Defense, and we talked real and fictional sociopaths and abusers at Criminal Element​.

The full interview is here:

A Field Guide to Sociopaths, Psychopaths, Narcissists, and Other Abusers: An Interview with Zak Mucha

His book is very useful and helps you spot users, abusers, losers, and your garden variety layin’ sacks o’ shit. A useful book in these times.



A Night of WhoDunnIts in Montclair, Thursday 4/27

Join me and Alex Segura as New Jersey author Dave White, of the Jackson Donne thrillers, interrogates us about our latest books at Watchung Booksellers this Thursday night April 27th, beginning at 7:00 PM.

pluck-seguraAlex is the author of the Pete Fernandez P.I. novels set in Miami, the latest of which, Dangerous Ends, dives into the violent past of Cuba. And I’m the author of Bad Boy Boogie, about Jay Desmarteaux, who is out of prison 25 years after killing a brutal rapist in high school, trying to live a normal life…. but old friends and new enemies won’t let him.

Drinks and snacks will be served, we will read briefly from our books and sign them. There will be copies of Dave and Alex’s series, as well as my adventure novel Blade of Dishonor, and both Protectors anthologies, which have stories by me, Dave, and Alex, if you want the trifecta!

Can’t make it? Order a signed copy from Watchung Booksellers or The Mysterious Bookshop! They both also have signed copies of Protectors 2: Heroes, which funds the HERO Corps, wounded vets fighting child abuse.

I wrote a profile of Watchung Booksellers for LitHub, they are great people. Drop by sometime if you can’t make it Thursday.

Dave also lives in Nutley, so afterwards we will meet on “Church Hill” to settle things…

Watchung Booksellers, 54 Fairfield Street, Watchung Plaza, Montclair, NJ


Alive in Shape and Color available for pre-order

If you haven’t read Lawrence Block’s fantastic anthology In Sunlight or in Shadow, stories based on the art of Edward Hopper, you are missing out. Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Lee Child, Michael Connolly, Warren Moore, Jonathan Santlofer, Craig Ferguson, Megan Abbott, and LB himself among others, all contribute to a great collection of stories that run the gamut of genres and tones. And the art is beautifully reproduced in the hardcover edition (can’t speak for the paperback).

unnamed (1)So I’m tickled pink to have a story in his follow-up to this blockbuster, which expands the influence to artists of all kinds. He calls it Alive in Shape and Color, and it includes my story “Truth Comes Out of Her Well to Shame Mankind” inspired by the painting of the same name by Jean-Léon Gérôme. I’m honored to be among fellow contributors Sarah Weinman, Joyce Carol Oates, David Morrell, S.J. Rozan, Michael Connolly, Warren Moore, Jeffery Deaver, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Joe R. Lansdale, Craig Fergusion, Justin Scott, Lee Child, Nicholas Christopher, Gail Levin, and Jill D. Block. The art chosen ranges from Rodin, Balthus, Art Frahm, Clifford Still, Rene Magritte, Salvador Dali, Hieronymous Bosch, Hokusai, Norman Rockwell, and the cave paintings at Lascaux.

You’re not going to want to miss this one. It’s available for pre-order now.


Blue collar crime in a white collar suburb: Interview in the Montclair Local

Gwen Orel of the Montclair Local interviewed me about my novel Bad Boy Boogie, which is set partly in Montclair, and the surrounding suburbs. As a teenager, I biked to Montclair for the used bookstore and the punk shop, and I always wanted to live here (and now I do). I grew up two towns over in Nutley, whence Martha Stewart sprang like a decorating demon in a cloud of brimstone and potpourri, that town Futurama loves to tease. We had one bookstore that closed and the town shut down our video arcade because kids from out of town (hint: not white) came to play.

They also announce my reading on April 27th at Watchung Booksellers, with Alex Segura (the Miami-set Pete Fernandez P.I. novels) and Dave White (the Jersey-centric Jackson Donne thrillers). It will be a great time, come and join us.

You can read the full interview here at The Montclair Local. My Jersey really came out in this one. It sounds like Joe Pesci giving a line reading.

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Boogie with me at the Mysterious Bookshop Friday 4/21

cover-pluck-bad-boy-boogie-600x900pxJoin me tomorrow, Friday April 21st, for the official premiere of my first Jay Desmarteaux crime thriller, Bad Boy Boogie, at the Mysterious Bookshop in Manhattan at 6:30pm. Crime writer and critic extraordinaire Scott Adlerberg will lead the interrogation, followed by a brief reading and signing. Wine, beer, and snacks will be served.

If you haven’t yet made a pilgrimage to this great mystery bookshop, join us for what is always a great time, surrounded by walls of great books new and old.

And hey, free beer!
If you can’t make it, they will have signed copies for sale after the event, give them a call or order from their website.

The Mysterious Bookshop is located at 58 Warren Street.
a 5 minute mosey from the WTC PATH station or a 2 minute shuffle from the blue ABC line.
Phone: 212-587-1011

Mystery Panel at Astoria Bookshop, Tuesday 4/18

Tuesday the 18th, I will join Alex Segura, Julia Dahl, and Rob Hart for a discussion of mystery and crime fiction, then reading and signing, at Astoria Bookshop in Queens. It kicks off at 7pm.

The shop’s page for the event is here. They are located at  31-29 31st Street Astoria, NY 11106. Tel: (718) 278-2665

Julia Dahl is the author of the Rebekah Roberts series, and I loved the latest, Conviction. Alex Segura is the author of the Pete Fernandez P.I. series set in Miami, and Rob Hart writes the Ash McKenna novels. Join us for what’s sure to be an enjoyable evening.



Tough Guys Dance: Chatting with Alex Segura

My friend Alex Segura invited me to chat crime fiction and our latest novels at Criminal Element. Alex is the author of the Pete Fernandez PI Miami mysteries, and he also writes comics, including Archie Meets KISS. He’s a great guy you should check out his series.

He asked me about what inspired Bad Boy Boogie.”I knew where I belonged, and it wasn’t Mayberry.”

A Dangerous Dance: A Conversation with Alex Segura & Thomas Pluck