Unloaded available for pre-order

The newest Denny the Dent story appears in Unloaded: Crime Writers Writing Without Guns, from Down & Out Books. Edited by Eric Beetner, it includes stories from Joe Lansdale, Hilary Davidson, Joyce Carol Oates, Reed Farrel Coleman, Kelli Stanley, Tom Pitts, Holly West, Tim O’Mara, and many more.

And it’s the only place you can read “The Final Encore of Moody Joe Shaw,” where Denny helps an old lady with her crumbling house. It soon becomes apparent that somebody has it in for her, perhaps to get their hands on her collection of vintage jazz 78s…. but not if Denny has anything to say about it.

Unloaded

You can pre-order Unloaded for Kindle or trade paperback from Amazon, or waltz on down to your local bookstore and ask them to order a copy.

And remember, Denny the Dent: 5 Tales of Street Justice is only .99 cents for a limited time, if you need to catch up on him.

 

 

Denny the Dent: 5 Tales of Street Justice

Out now and headed your way…

Denny the Dent

I’m not smart, but I listen good.

When God judges me, I’ll beat his ass for making this hateful world.”

Denny “the Dent” 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.

“I fell in love with Denny, scars and all.” –Pankhearst Review

The first five Denny the Dent stories are collected in Denny the Dent: 5 Tales of Street Justice
Legacy of Brutality: Denny just wants to pump iron at the gym. When a trainer’s boyfriend thinks she’s sweet on big Denny, he starts all sorts of trouble.
Rain Dog: On a run through Newark’s Weequahic park, there’s no telling what you’ll find. Denny finds trouble, and ends it the only way he knows how.
Junkyard Dog: When Denny’s scrap hauling buddy’s pitbull puppy is taken by a dogfighting ring, he must save it before it’s tore up and taught to live on pain, just like Denny was.
Garbage Man: In his biggest adventure yet, Denny fights gangbangers and cops to save do-gooder neighbors from themselves.
Train: A woman from Denny’s past shakes his world, and he learns there are some things you can never set right.

Available for:
Amazon Kindle US
Amazon Kindle (all other countries)
Barnes & Noble Nook
Kobo e-readers (soon)

 

Denny the Dent

Coming Soon:
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Cover art by Conrad Teves. Design by Sarah Bennett Pluck. E-book design by JW Manus.

350 pounds of street justice closing his massive fists around the throats of brutal bullies and Brick city badmen.

Includes:
Rain Dog
Legacy of Brutality
Junkyard Dog
Garbage Man
Train

Always be Batman

Not normally one to jump on the viral meme wagon, but I liked this one. Because Batman is about being yourself. Poor Bruce Wayne has to be the billionaire playboy by day, but at night he dons tights, drives a motor head’s wet dream and beats the crap out of thugs.

It’s the small rebellions.

Everyone likes Batman. He’s just a guy. No gamma rays, no parents from planet Krypton. No heat vision. I could say he’s a rich guy who slums it in the poor side of Gotham beating on crooks, but he uses his power for good. And he drives himself to be the best, even when he was born on third base and could be an idle rich twit if he wanted.

Reminds me of what my friend and MMA teacher says. You can buy a Ferrari, or you can BE the Ferrari.

Or if you’re Batman, you can do both.

I wrote a story for Beat to a Pulp: Superhero  starring Denny the Dent, which involves Batman. I always loved the Hulk, but Batman was a close second. People see the Hulk in Denny, but he wants to be Batman. Smarter, moral. Not a slave to the green rage. I give Denny his legs in this 7200 word tale, and we go deeper into his world. He’s killed a lot of people since he got out of prison. He never wants to go back, so he is keeping a lower profile. But trouble has a way of finding Denny. People see their own resentments in him. He inspires fear, and misplaced fear makes us behave at our worst.

The story, “Garbage Man,” will be appearing soon, e-book only, but readable in Amazon’s Kindle Cloud Reader. For now, get a taste of Denny in:

Pulp Modern #1, “Legacy of Brutality.” The first Denny story; where his friendship with Chareese, a trainer at the gym, gets him into trouble.

Crimespree no.4,  “Rain Dog.” A flash fiction story written for Daniel B. O’Shea’s tornado relief challenge, Denny goes for a run in the rain, where he won’t be bothered by people… and runs into thugs using the weather for cover of their own.

Plots with Guns, “Junkyard Dog.” Denny finds a job hauling scrap with Earl, and a little dog brings them big trouble. This one is available for free online, and “Garbage Man” directly follows, so give it a read.

And try to be Batman. He keeps his dark side in check, but he doesn’t let the accident of his entitled birth keep him from doing good for us all.

© 2012 Thomas Pluck
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We got the Funk

Here’s what Matthew Funk has to say about my story “Junkyard Dog,” which he chose in his top 5 at Chris Rhatigan’s DEATH BY KILLING “Five You Can’t Miss” series:

“Keeping you in the action while transcending time and place, JUNKYARD DOG assembles a complete character from a scattered history of violence. The worse it gets, the more you care. And Thomas Pluck knows how to make it get real damn bad.” –Matthew C. Funk

Thank you Matt, for choosing my story and for such kind, kind words… from a writer with similar drives, to show the brutality we ignore every day, that means a hell of a lot.

© 2011 Thomas Pluck

Denny the Dent gets some love!

Thanks to Chris Rhatigan AND Elizabeth A. White for spectacular reviews of Pulp Modern #1. They both single out my story “Legacy of Brutality” starring Denny the Dent:

Chris at Death by Killing had this to say:

Thomas Pluck’s “Legacy of Brutality” is as devastating as the title would make it out to be. Denny is a character you can’t help but admire — through experience he’s learned that you have to defend those you love. Others may dismiss him as just a mound of muscle, but it doesn’t long for the reader to figure out he’s much more than that.

Elizabeth A. White is one of the best-known crime fiction book reviewers and she also loved Pulp Modern. She had this to say about Denny’s tale:

A few standouts…
“Legacy of Brutality” by Thomas Pluck features man-mountain Denny, previously seen in the short “Rain Dog”(Crimespree Magazine, Issue #43). Having come up hard –If there was a God, I’d beat his ass for making this hateful world. – Denny learned early it’s better to listen than talk, and that you have to set things right yourself if you want justice in this life. Brutally good stuff.

Pulp Modern has many great stories and it’s an honor to be chosen from them for singling out. Thanks, Chris and Elizabeth!

Reminder: if you buy a copy of Pulp Modern, contact me with the Kontactr form to the right and I’ll send you the first Denny story, “Rain Dog,” for free in a fancy PDF format.

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© 2011 Thomas Pluck

Denny’s triple whammy offer!

The latest Denny story, “Junkyard Dog,” is in the new issue of Plots With Guns. If you like him, he also appears in Pulp Modern issue one, along with great stories by Lawrence Block, John Kenyon, a Cash Laramie western by Ed Grainger Jr., a disturbing tale by Glenn Gray, seventeen stories in all.

If you purchase Pulp Modern, or have already, send me the email receipt via the Kontact link on the right, and I will send you a PDF file of Denny’s first story, “Rain Dog,” in PDF format for free. That way you can read all three.

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© 2011 Thomas Pluck