Buried Under Books reviews Bad Boy Boogie

Buried Under Books reviewed my Jay Desmarteaux crime thriller BAD BOY BOOGIE:

“Jay is a complex man and the author truly brings him to life, this ex-con with a hard outer shell that’s slightly penetrated by the life he finds on the outside after 25 years on the inside. There’s a considerable amount of graphic violence, including sexual, here but it’s understandable although this man’s sense of justice is often very different from yours and mine. This is a book that could have resided in the old black & white, hardboiled days just as well as today and I suspect I’ll remember Jay and his story for a long, long time.”

Read the full review at Buried Under Books.

The California Triple Lindy with the Dirty (Half) Dozen

People of California:

Mr Goombah Gumbo is coming to the city of angels and its immediate environs. I love the posters Eric Beetner came up with, though to my enduring shame I often mix this classic up with Kelly’s Heroes, because Donald Sutherland and Ernest Borgnine are in both (I was only thinkin’ positive thoughts about that goddamn bridge!)

Come join us for what’s sure to be a fun time. I’ll have Bad Boy Boogie and Blade of Dishonor on hand, and if you don’t know the crew I’m rolling with, they are great crime writers. From pulp and noir maestros Duane Swierczynski and Eric Beetner, the bad-ass noir poet of L.A. Josh Stallings, to up and comers like the acclaimed Joe Ide, SW Lauden, and Nolan Knight, Gotham writer Jordan Harper, and Stoker-winning author Maria Alexander.

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May 20, West Hollywood, CA, 4:00PM: Reading at Book Soup with Josh Stallings, Eric Beetner, S.W. Lauden, Duane Swierczynski, and Nolan Knight. Address: 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.

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May 21, Orange, CA: Reading at Book Carnival with Josh Stallings, Eric Beetner, S.W. Lauden, Duane Swierczynski, and Nolan Knight. Location: 348 S. Tustin Street, Orange.

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May 21, Culver City, CA: 6:00PM: Reading at Noir at the Bar L.A. at Mandrake Bar in Culver City, with Joe Ide, Eric Beetner, S.W. Lauden, Duane Swierczynski, Maria Alexander, and Jordan Harper.

Jersey Crime Trio this Saturday

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This Saturday at 4pm three Jersey crime writers take over Barnes & Noble in Morris Plains for two hours of noir!

Dave White, author of the Jackson Donne mysteries, Jen Conley, author of Cannibals: Stories from the Edge of the Pine Barrens, and myself. Come join us, it’s sure to be a blast…as we open the safe and make off with the loot.

Barnes & Noble Morris Plains

1940 Route 10 West
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
973-644-9482

Talking crime-fighting duos at Crimespree

I’m over at Crimespree Magazine today, talking about my favorite crime-fighting duos– Spenser and Hawk, Clete and Dave, Elvis and Pike–and why I chose to make Jay Desmarteaux run solo.

If you don’t have a sub to Crimespree, they published the first Denny the Dent story, and they are one of the best crime fiction magazines. Check them out.

Let’s get Nutley… Crime and Goombah Gumbo at TAPinto Nutley

Reporter and Louisiana native Pennie Landry was kind enough to interview me at TAPinto Nutley, a local news site for my hometown, where Bad Boy Boogie takes place. Being a Cajun out of water like Jay Desmarteaux makes her the ideal interrogator!

Hop on over to read about Crime, Nutley, and Goombah Gumbo.

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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
973.744.7177

 

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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