Take a ride on the neuter scooter in “The Big Snip”, selected as one of the best crime stories of 2016. Follow a mountain man who’s not what he seems into a snowbound frontier town where evil has sunk its claws. Dine at the most exclusive restaurant in New York, where “Eat the Rich” takes on a whole new meaning. And meet Denny the Dent, a hulking 350 pounds of muscle who wouldn’t harm a fly…but who’ll glad crush a bully’s skull. And read the Jay Desmarteaux yarn that takes off where Bad Boy Boogie ends.
Read the stories readers call “hard-hitting bombs” full of “gut punches and belly laughs”…and be ready to get Plucked.
Praise for Thomas Pluck:
“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
“He writes those quick, hard-hitting bombs as well or better than anybody on the scene today. Keep ’em coming.” —Wayne Dundee, author of the Joe Hannibal PI series and creator of Hardboiled Magazine
“If you don’t know who Thomas Pluck is, you will soon enough. His short fiction is all over the internet and he combines jabs of clever humor with full-impact gut shots.” —Johnny Shaw, author of Dove Season and Big Maria
When Jay Desmarteaux steps out of from prison after serving twenty-five years for murdering a vicious school bully, he tries to follow his convict mentor’s advice: the best revenge is living well.
But questions gnaw at his gut: Where have his folks disappeared to? Why do old friends want him gone? And who wants him dead?
Teaming with his high school sweetheart turned legal Valkyrie, a hulking body shop bodybuilder, and a razor-wielding gentleman’s club house mother, Jay will unravel a tangle of deception all the way back to the bayous where he was born. With an iron-fisted police chief on his tail and a ruthless mob captain at his throat, he’ll need his wits, his fists, and his father’s trusty Vietnam war hatchet to hack his way through a toxic jungle of New Jersey corruption that makes the gator-filled swamps of home feel like the shallow end of the kiddie pool.
“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.
The Things They Carried won France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
From the heroics of the Devil's Brigade in World War II and the brutal underground fight scene of Tokyo to the American heartland, BLADE OF DISHONOR pits battle-hardened cage fighters against cunning shadow warriors in a thrilling adventure story that's part Kurosawa and part Tarantino … with a ton of Pluck!
“The rush his writing supplies is addictive.” –CRIMINAL ELEMENT
“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