Are You a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?

One of the most polarizing films of late is THE WITCH by Roland Eggers, a brutal period piece. Another brutal period piece, The Revenant, nearly won Best Picture, but left many wondering why.

I take on both these films at Criminal Element. Black Phillip is not amused:



Reviewing the Evidence on DARK CITY LIGHTS

Over at Reviewing the Evidence, they’ve got a nice review of DARK CITY LIGHTS, and give a nod to my contribution, “The Big Snip.”
The book is now available, and we’re having a book signing on May 7th at The Mysterious Bookshop, with editor Lawrence Block and many others. Come join us for a good time.

You can order it from Amazon, or from your local bookstore.


My Bookish Ways on Our Lady of Vengeance

Angel Colón​ over at My Bookish Ways Reviews​ likes Our Lady of Vengeance:

“Pluck’s known for his mile-a-minute and brutal style, and this set of shorts continue to strengthen that reputation.”

Drop by My Bookish Ways for the full review.

Fresh Meat: The Whites, by Richard Price (as Harry Brandt)

Over at Criminal Element I give a review and a sneak peek at THE WHITES, the latest from Richard Price. I’m a big fan of his work on The Wire, and his novels Clockers, Lush Life, and The Wanderers.

Read it here.

MysteryPeople chooses Blade of Dishonor for their top 5

MysteryPeople chose Blade of Dishonor in their top 5 debut crime novels of the year.

I’m in fine company alongside Todd Robinson, whose The Hard Bounce was one of my favorite reads this year, Anonymous-9’s over the top and unique Hard Bite, Daniel B. O’Shea’s Chicago crime thriller Penance, and Terry Shames’s small-town Texas murder A Killing at Cotton Hill.


Blade of Dishonor was a blast to write, and I’m very glad it’s just as much of a blast to read. It is now available for the Nook as well as Kindle and Trade Paperback. Signed copies are on hand at Watchung Booksellers and The Mysterious Bookshop, and Texans can head to BookPeople in Austin for their fix.

You can read more about it on the Blade of Dishonor page–blurbs from Andrew Vachss, Wayne Dundee, Charlie Stella and Josh Stallings, and great reviews from Crimespree, MysteryPeople, Criminal Element, and more.

A collection of Blade of Dishonor reviews

I’ve been thrilled with the response to Blade of Dishonor… about as thrilled as the reviewers were by the breathtaking pace of an action story that doesn’t sacrifice character or emotional impact. 

Here are a few of them, for those of you on the fence (or waiting for the Nook and Kobo editions, which will arrive early next year). It is available in paperback from several bookstores and online retailers, and for Kindle e-readers.

“There’s a reason so many brilliant writers cut their teeth on the pulps, and this book both honors that tradition and expands it. You want interwoven plots running parallel between WWII and Right Now? You want violence mixed with romance? You want sacrifice, courage, and honor? Truth-based fable? Or maybe you just want hardcore-clean writing delivered at warp speed. Look no further—it’s all here.” –Andrew Vachss, author of Urban Renewal, Aftershock, and the Burke series.

“The Raiders of the Lost Ark of pulp paperbacks… the most unpretentious novel I’ve read in a long time. I hope Pluck realizes that many of these pulp books had a hundred to a series.” -Scott Montgomery, MysteryPeople

“A love letter to all the great action adventure stories that so many fans hold dear. It’s also a loving tribute to The Greatest Generation, who fought overseas in World War II. Enjoyable as all get out!” —Dan Malmon, Crimespree Magazine

“The rush his writing supplies is addictive.” –Amber Keller, CRIMINAL ELEMENT

“Ghosts of the past and shattered dreams haunt the town as well as Reeves and there are no easy answers for either… in this very good tale where honor means everything.” -Kevin Tipple, Kevin’s Book Corner

Blade of Dishonor cover (web)

and some blurbs from fellow authors:

“Dialogue driven, action packed, some amore, and some back and forth history about Butch’s war experiences lend a nice historical touch to this adventurous novel. Blade of Dishonor is a fast-paced ride loaded with great dialogue—a three part dynamo.” – Charlie Stella, author of ROUGH RIDERS

“Thomas Pluck is a hell of a writer, his prose is blade sharp  and he writes with the heart of a warrior.”  –Josh Stallings, author of ONE MORE BODY

“This is what big-scale blockbuster movies aim for but so seldom achieve … Over-the-top action grounded by real people you truly care about and want to root for.”  –Wayne D. Dundee, author of the Joe Hannibal PI series

Nothing makes you both humble and full of drive than a smash review from a personal hero… so I’m off to begin the next round of revisions on Bury the Hatchet.

Review: The Shogun’s Daughter

I got an early peek at the latest book in a great mystery series, the Sano Ichiro books by Laura Joh Rowland. Set in the Tokugawa shogunate, Sano is a samurai tasked as the shogun’s investigator of crimes and intrigue. And in this 17th entry, his arch-enemy has deluded the shogun into putting him in power, and Sano’s family learns what it is like to face the unquestionable and oft-abused power of the warrior caste.

It was a great read. My review, with excerpts, is at Criminal Element in Fresh Meat: The Shogun’s Daughter.

My own thriller with samurai, ninja, MMA fighters and World War II battles, stretching from the American west to Tokyo in the past and present, is free on Kindle today:

Blade of Dishonor Part 1: The War Comes Home is the first novella-sized part of the epic novel.

And you can get the complete novel of Blade of Dishonor for Kindle and in Trade Paperback.

If you would like a signed copy, send me an email via this Contact Form.