Killing Malmon: 30 authors kill Dan Malmon to defeat Multiple Sclerosis

Killing Malmon is available for pre-order! Crime fiction fans and Crimespree Magazine reviewers Dan and Kate Malmon approached 30 writers including myself, to KILL DAN MALMON. My story is called “Russian Roulette,” and not only pits Dan against a bigmouth Jersey goombah in some of my favorite Twin Cities haunts, it’s also based on a humiliatingly funny and true story involving myself, a snazzy leather jacket, and rogue feminine hygiene products.


Dan and Kate are great people, and Down & Out Books will publish this handsome volume and donate the proceeds to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Maybe you’ve bought Kate’s delicious cookies to help fight MS. Or sponsored a bicycle ride. Now you can read stories from myself and Dana Cameron, Hector Acosta, Eric Beetner, Sarah M. Chen, Matthew Clemens, Angel Colón, Hilary Davidson, Cory Funk, Danny Gardner, Paul J. Garth, Rob Hart, Ed Kurtz, S.W. Lauden, Russel D. McLean, Jeff Macfee, Erin Mitchell, Erica Ruth Neubauer, Brad Parks, Bryon Quertermous, Todd Robinson, Alex Segura, Jeff Shelby, Nathan Singer, Josh Stallings, Jay Stringer, R.D. Sullivan, Bryan VanMeter, Holly West, and Dave White.

I wrote my story with Josh Stallings at his mountain retreat, while he pecked away at his hilarious superhero tale, and Erika delivered life-saving medication: her delicious chili and sips of fine whisky. I got to hear several of these at the secret Noir at the Bar we held for Dan & Kate, and they are gut-busting wallops of hard-boiled crime from some of the best writers in the genre (and me). You can pre-order it here:

KILLING MALMON edited by Dan and Kate Malmon

*note: killing Dan will NOT cure Multiple Sclerosis.

**Eating ketchup on a hot dog will not cause “tongue psychosis.”

My library overfloweth! Book Giveaway for Readers of The Plucking News

too many books

It is a blessing and a curse to have too many books–I know those three words are blasphemous–but my shelves overfloweth! So, in a week I’ll be giving away books on my Mailing List, The Plucking News. These will range from review copies (never ARCs) to new and old books and comics that my local library already has, so I’ll give you a crack before they hit the donation bin.

If you want in, sign up here.

You’ll never get more than one per week. Get notified of new publications and events, stories of note, and occasional interviews with authors and other criminal types.


Boogie on into the MysteryPeople Top Ten!

If you don’t follow me on Facebook or Twitter, I’m currently touring Germany, Luxembourg, Salzburg, Belgium, and the Netherlands (and yes, there will be a novel or two inspired by this trip). Firecracker and I are having a great time, but was topped by finding that Scott Montgomery not only gave Bad Boy Boogie a stellar review which you can you read here, but also put it among his top ten books of 2017  with The Force by Don Winslow, She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper, and Where It Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman!

Peruse his list for some great reading. The Force is amazing, and Shotgun kicks off with a blast… Paper Moon meets Pulp Fiction.

Scott’s Top Ten of 2017 (So Far)

I may celebrate with a beer… Prost, Scott!


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!



Don’t Make Hiring a Private Eye One of Your New Year’s Resolutions

A must-read blog is Writing PIs, for writers and everyone. Great advice on protecting your privacy from stalkers and thieves here:

Guns, Gams & Gumshoes

We once got a call from a woman who wanted to know how her abusive ex-boyfriend had learned her new home address. We ran a quick search of her address on Google, and guess what? She’d listed it on an online resume, which meant anybody could find that home address by simply searching for her name.

Let’s go over a few resolutions you can make to protect your confidential information so you don’t need to add “Hire a Private Investigator” to that list.

Tip #1: Stop sharing your home address

It’s your home, your private residence, the center of your family life — you don’t need to share this address with anybody other than friends, family and trusted business contacts. One way to protect your home address is to provide your business address instead.

Another way to protect your home address is to purchase a private mailbox from a US post office, or from a…

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Advance Praise for Bad Boy Boogie, a Jay Desmarteaux yarn

The advance praise is coming in for Bad Boy Boogie. I’m thrilled that authors whose work I’ve admired for years–Ken Bruen, Wallace Stroby, Megan Abbott, Dave White, and Adrian McKinty–have kind words about my crime thriller, out in April 2017 from Down & Out Books.

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.

When Jay Desmarteaux walks out of prison after serving 25 years for the murder of a vicious bully, he seeks his family and follows the advice of his convict mentor: the best revenge is living well.

But old friends want him to disappear, and new enemies want him dead. With his wits and fists, Jay unravels a twisted tale of small town secrets and good old New Jersey corruption.

 Advance Praise:

“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

Unloaded makes Oline Cogdill’s best of 2016

Looking for gifts for the crime lover in you? Reviewer Oline Cogdill published her list of the best of 2016, and among the many fine books is the charity anthology Unloaded: Crime Writers Writing Without Guns, the brainchild of Eric Beetner, from Down & Out Books. Thanks to Hilary Davidson for the head’s-up:


My Denny the Dent story “The Final Encore of Moody Joe Shaw,” is available only here. It also contains stories from Hilary Davidson, Joe Lansdale, Joyce Carol Oates, Reed Farrel Coleman, Alison Gaylin, Kelli Stanley, Tom Pitts, S.W. Lauden, Grant Jerkins, Holly West, Angel Luis Colon, and many more.

The book can be bought from Amazon in paperback or for Kindle, and you can also order it from your local bookstore or Barnes & Noble.