Thomas Pluck talks about Bad Boy Boogie May03

Thomas Pluck talks about Bad Boy Boogie

Some of my favorite crime series are duos: Hap and Leonard. Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcell. Easy Rawlins and Mouse. Spenser and Hawk. They go together like coffee and begneits, or a burger and fries. When you read enough of these (not that I can ever get enough) you start noticing that one partner is often on the side of order and goodness and the law, while the other appeals to our baser natures: revenge, street justice, and violent retribution. They are the angel and the devil on the shoulders of the story, or rather, the two hands tattooed with “Love” and “Hate” wrestling with each other, like Robert Mitchum’s...

HAIL, CAESAR! Reviewed

HAIL, CAESAR! Universal Studios The Coen Brothers are hit and miss for me, and it’s not just because they veer from bloody noir (Blood Simple) to screwball comedy (Raising Arizona) to deadpan absurdity (A Serious Man). This one’s somewhere between The Hudsucker Proxy and O Brother, Where Art Thou? in the Coen spectrum. To quote George Schmidt, conductor of the New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra, a jazz band who I can’t believe hasn’t been on the soundtrack of a Coen Bros movie yet, “art fails where concept outstrips performance.” I love that line. It’s as economical as a telegram. (You know, like the old joke where a brother buys a...

Nominees for 2016 Anthony Awards Jun10

Nominees for 2016 Anthony Awards

  BEST NOVEL Night Tremors – Matt Coyle [Oceanview] The Killing Kind – Chris Holm [Mulholland] The Child Garden – Catriona McPherson [Midnight Ink] The Nature of the Beast – Louise Penny [Minotaur/Sphere] What You See – Hank Phillippi Ryan [Forge] BEST FIRST NOVEL Concrete Angel – Patricia Abbott [Polis] Past Crimes – Glen Erik Hamilton [William Morrow] New Yorked – Rob Hart [Polis] Bull Mountain – Brian Panowich [G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Head of Zeus] On the Road with Del & Louise – Art Taylor [Henery] BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL The Long and Faraway Gone – Lou Berney...

Thomas Pluck Interview

Thomas Pluck is the author of HOT RED HEART, BLADE OF DISHONOR, GET PLUCKED, OUR LADY OF VENGEANCE: 13 DISHES SERVES COLD among others. In addition to writing, Pluck tirelessly advocates for Protect, the National Association to Protect Children. His most recent project, PROTECTORS 2: HEROES an anthology of 55 stories benefits their work aiding children from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Tim Hennessy: This is the second anthology you’ve put together for the National Association to Protect Children. What can you tell us about Protect and how did you get involved with them? Thomas Pluck: Protect is a bipartisan political PAC that...

BLADE OF DISHONOR by Thomas Pluck

BLADE OF DISHONOR Goombah Gumbo Press Sept 4th,2013 Thomas Pluck wrote a love letter. It’s true. I’ve read it. It’s not mushy, and he sure didn’t draw baby angels holding bows and arrows in the margins either. But even without the fluff, rest assured BLADE OF DISHONOR is a love letter. BLADE is 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, this globe trotting adventure tale grows more and more complex as you go from chapter to chapter. My admiration grew as it dawned on me how...