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Bad Boy Boogie: A Jay Desmarteaux Crime Thriller by [Pluck, Thomas]
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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.

Praise for BAD BOY BOOGIE …

“Thomas Pluck has 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. 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

“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 trilogies

“Tough, tight, and taut, Bad Boy Boogie is a standout. Thomas Pluck is a writer who knows his dark territory inside and out. A damn fine read from start to finish.” —Hilary Davidson, bestselling author of The Damage Done, The Next One to Fall and Evil in All Its Disguises

“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

“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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1300 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Down & Out Books (20 March 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MUEN9O9
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #393,909 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing tale of abuse and revenge 30 March 2017
By Mets6986 - Published on
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Thomas Pluck's harrowing tale has at its core how the abused become abusers. The hero of the story, Jay Desmarteaux, is able to cast off that yoke -- but his psyche is damaged not only by his childhood suffering but also false imprisonment. There's a "Count of Monte Cristo"-type revenge story going on as well...but it's set in New Jersey! Pluck takes enjoyment in providing all manner of little authentic Garden State details. As seen in his other work, he's also adept at presenting two-fisted action.

I was more impressed with a previous Pluck novel, "Blade of Dishonor" -- but I was glad I read this, even though it ratchets up the discomfort level quite high at times. Puck's credo is "unflinching fiction with heart," and he continues to live up to it. Also recommended are his "Denny the Dent" stories; in fact, Denny makes a cameo appearance in "Bad Boy Boogie".
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pulls No Punches 22 March 2017
By Holly West - Published on
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When Jay Desmarteux exits prison after serving twenty-five years for killing a vicious school bully, he steps into a world that has, in many ways, left him behind. His parents have disappeared, his friends are reluctant to engage with him, and the local bigwigs want him out of town. A Louisiana native, Jay's got no love for his adopted New Jersey home town (unless you count his childhood sweetheart, Ramona) but he's got debts to settle before he'll head south. What follows is a complex story that's heartbreaking, violent, subtly funny, and above all, well-told.

In Desmarteaux, Pluck has succeeded in creating a nuanced character that is both naive and yet incredibly street smart. While Desmarteux has experienced some of the worst life has to offer and done things that are morally hard to reconcile, the twenty-five years he's spent in prison makes him a bit wide-eyed and innocent as he re-discovers life on the outside. This contrast is key to getting the reader to take his side. Like his protagonist, Pluck doesn't pull punches--there is nothing watered down here. And speaking as a writer, I admire and applaud Pluck for, as they say, going there. BAD BOY BOOGIE showcases in wonderful detail Thomas Pluck's talent for observing life and distilling it into a terrific story with a cast of memorable characters.
5.0 out of 5 stars Over-the-top violence written with humor and grace 28 June 2017
By Clea Simon - Published on
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If you have any doubt that bloody violence and truly despicable human behavior (rape, child abuse, incest, etc.) can be written with grace and humor, "Bad Boy Boogie" will put your doubts to rest. Jay Desmarteaux didn't begin his life as a killing machine. He has memories of being a loved child – and maintains a strong allegiance to those who did right by him, including his Papa Andre, his Mama Angeline and his high school sweetheart Ramona, but some other people "just need killing." Having done his time, Jay would like to return to simply living, ideally with some of the people he still trusts. Only his small New Jersey town won't let him forget – and turns out to be as much of a gator-infested swamp as anything he can remember from his tortured Louisiana childhood. Before long, Jay is at it again, wreaking furious vengeance on evil doers and those who support them, and learning that very little he believed in was true. Any book that gets me to read beyond a beheading with an ax gets extra points...
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5.0 out of 5 stars less I run into someone like Jay. 24 May 2017
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I read this book almost two months ago and it still has managed to stick with me.

I knew going in that Thomas Pluck was a hell of a writer (check out his Denny the Dent stories for a taste), so I was looking forward to reading about Jay Desmarteaux , a man recently released from prison and into the wilds of New Jersey. What I did not necessarily expect was a story which spends an equal amount of time dwelling into the pains of childhood and what bullying can do to a group of friends, and Jay's bloody path of revenge. Pluck is equally adept at writing bursts of violence which Jay does and has done to him, as well as quiet, almost nostalgic moments of friends spending one Summer together. I've never visited Jersey, but the way Pluck writes about the sights, sounds, and taste (lots, and lots of tastes) makes me want to visit it. But only for a quick visit, less I run into someone like Jay.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relentless, Raw, and Great 24 May 2017
By NKolakowski - Published on
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As a longtime fan of revenge movies and novels like "Get Carter," I really looked forward to the arrival of "Bad Boy Boogie," and it did not disappoint. This book is *hard core* in the best possible way. It's relentless, almost overpowering at moments, and raw in a way that a lot of mass-market bestsellers never even begin to approach. If you feel that crime fiction has become a little too predictable, nice, and cuddly, then this book is the shot of wasabi you need in order to cleanse your palate. I'm looking forward to the next one in the series.

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