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Bad Boy Boogie Paperback – March 20, 2017
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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".
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.
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.
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