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April 08 , 2011

Steel Heart: 10 Tales of Crime and Suspense


Thomas Pluck writes unflinching fiction with heart. Here are ten tales of fierce emotion from the streets, the underbelly, and the house next door.

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Gumbo Weather - A mob enforcer confronts his own past as he spars with a ruthless crime boss to rescue a child from a hellish home.

A Glutton for Punishment - Terry is an MMA fighter who's never backed down from a fight, but this one might be his last.

Legacy of Brutality - Denny the Dent ain't smart, but he listens good. When a woman at his gym tangles with her abusive boyfriend, it's 300 musclebound pounds of street justice to the rescue.

The Forest for the Trees - A street racer finds the love of his life as he escapes from the cops. But how long will he live to love her?

Six Feet Under God - A wise-cracking existential P.I. takes on the ultimate murder case: Who killed the Almighty?

Tiger Mother - in 1950s Harlem, Caldonia Peele hunts down her missing son. It's the toughs who better be afraid when tiger mother's on the prowl.

Freedom Bird - Vietnam Vet Harve Chundak battles to teach his unruly son to walk the straight and narrow, but will he lose the war?

Black-Eyed Susan - A bad joke comes to all-too-real life for the denizens of a mill town gin mill.

The Last Sacrament - The dangerous life of an unlikely altar boy.

Kamikaze Death Burgers at the Ghost Town Cafe - Jay Desmarteaux is just trying to get by, running contraband in his voodoo Cadillac. When he tangles with a psycho trucker and the red hot lawyer for a violent biker gang, he fights a battle worthy of the Road Warrior in the Utah desert for his very soul.

About the Author...

Thomas Pluck is the editor of Protectors: Stories to Benefit PROTECT, and his essays and fiction have appeared in The Utne Reader, PANK, Beat to a Pulp, Crimespree, McSweeney's, The Morning News, Needle, Burnt Bridge, Criminal Element, and The Good Men Project. He also lifts heavy things and trains in mixed-martial arts. He 's a computer geek now, but has worked on the docks, in construction sites, flipping burgers, washing dishes, and even cleaned the crappers in the Guggenheim museum.

Praise for Thomas Pluck's short stories:

"Thomas Pluck doesn't flinch and he doesn't pull punches. He writes with passion, grit, heart, and his prose cuts as clean as a scalpel."

–Wayne D. Dundee, author of RECKONING AT RAINROCK and the Joe Hannibal PI series

“If you don’t know who Thomas Pluck is, you will soon enough. He combines jabs of clever humor with full-impact gut shots.”

–Johnny Shaw, author of DOVE SEASON and BIG MARIA

"To read a Thomas Pluck story is to be enmeshed in atmosphere that completely takes over the body and the heart. A place of honesty, brutal but true. Pluck is described best in one word: Storyteller."

–Les Edgerton, author of JUST LIKE THAT and THE PERFECT CRIME

"Black-Eyed Susan by Thomas Pluck is short and mean and well-written. I don’t think I’ve read anything by this author before, but I’ll be on the lookout for his name now.”

–James Reasoner, author of THE CIVIL WAR SERIES

"These stories prove that Pluck ain't here to f**k around."

–Chuck Wendig, author of BLACKBIRDS and THE BLUE BLAZES

10% of the proceeds of this book will be donated to PROTECT: The National Association to Protect Children.

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