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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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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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".
5.0 out of 5 stars New Jersey Nutley noir! 4 April 2017
By col2910 - Published on
Not one for the faint-hearted here. Grim and gritty and violent throughout, populated by a cast of characters you probably wouldn’t find sat next to you at Sunday service.

Our novel traverses 25 years and more, digging back into Jay Desmarteaux’s rescue from a horrific and abusive parent in Louisiana. Mama Angeline and Papa Andre are his saviours. We enjoy some of his friendships as a boy growing up in Nutley and the early stirrings of teenage love with Ramona. There’s a tension and conflict present in this period as Jay and his friends clash frequently with a rival gang of bullies.

The storyline doesn’t follow chronologically, we dip in and out of the past discovering a bit more about Jay and the events that have just seen him freed from Rayway prison after being sentenced as a teenager for the killing of Joey Bello. We suffer with him in prison - through conflicts with other inmates and the staff, as well as some moments of solace, with some solid bonds created. Twenty five years is a long time, but Bello’s father, now the mayor and the rest of the community don’t want Jay back in the vicinity.

Jay is fuelled by a sense of injustice. His victim was a bully and a rapist, but his friends remained silent at his trial, afraid and threatened, one of them complicit in the stitch-up. Jay lost his freedom and his family and he isn’t about to let himself get bounced out of Nutley. If he leaves and heads back to Louisiana it’s going to be on his terms.

Childhood abuse, growing up as a boy - far from carefree, prison life and freedom, a rekindled romance with Ramona - a woman with a few secrets and issues of her own, a renewed friendship with Tony – one of his childhood friends and now his employer, a lot of pressure from the cops, crossing swords with former friends and enemies, a kind-hearted cabbie, a reacquainting with some ex-Rayway inmates, nightclub shenanigans, a search for his missing Mama and Papa, conflict with a crime family, and a helluva a lot more to boot.

Pluck packs everything, bar the kitchen sink into this dirty tale of one man and his unwillingness to be further messed with. Jay Desmarteaux had my sympathy, but not always my admiration in this one.

Admirable qualities he may possess, but a period of incarceration, heaped on top of earlier horrific abuse has damaged him. He doesn’t always make sensible or rational decisions but it’s an interesting ride watching the path they take him.

4.5 from 5

Read in March 2017
Published – 2017
Page count – 352
Source – Net Galley thanks to publisher Do
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Pluck’s writing is high performance. 22 March 2017
By Bracken MacLeod - Published on
Thomas Pluck’s writing is high performance. He doesn’t waste a sentence, a word, or an idea propelling his story forward in a way that drives like he’s behind the wheel of a precision car built by Eddie Bunker and tricked out by Andrew Vachss. Pluck juxtaposes Jay Desmarteaux’s past and present in a way that gives this tough guy protagonist the kind of real flesh and bone—and most of all heart and intention—that other writers can only aspire to. I’ve been a fan of his writing for a long time, but BAD BOY BOOGIE is the kind of explosive book that makes life long fans.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A taste of Cajun revenge served up hot in New Jersey 21 March 2017
By Kindle Customer - Published on
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Plucks writing has an edge of artful realism, when he makes you laugh and when he makes the reader cringe. If you are a fan of AC/DC, you are doubly lucky. Bad Boy Boogie is further proof that Thomas Pluck is the real deal.

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