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Local Author Thomas Pluck to Appear at Life During Wartime Book Signing at Watchung Booksellers Thursday

Nutley native Author Thomas Pluck to appear at Life During Wartime book signing at Watchung Booksellers Thursday
Nutley native Author Thomas Pluck to appear at Life During Wartime book signing at Watchung Booksellers Thursday
Nutley native Author Thomas Pluck to appear at Life During Wartime book signing at Watchung Booksellers Thursday

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Local author Thomas Pluck will appear at a book signing for Life During Wartime on Thursday, February 8, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, NJ

Jay Desmarteaux never felt accepted.  Originally from Louisiana, he grew up in Nutley, New Jersey, and was labeled an outsider.  He had the unfortunate circumstance of dealing with a school bully, that is, until he finally took matters into his own hands.  After serving time, he is released at the age of 40.

The fascinating character of Desmarteaux, among others, are the creation of local author Thomas Pluck, a graduate of Nutley High School and Rutgers Newark.  His latest book, Life During Wartime And Other Stories, is set for release January 29.

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Pluck, an accomplished writer of crime-thrillers with many short fiction works published across the internet, picks up the story of Desmarteaux where his previous book, Bad Boy Boogie, ends.

“All my stories are set in Nutley and I try to bring out and highlight what’s unique about our area,” said Pluck, who has lived in Nutley all his life except for a five-year stint in the mid-west.

In his latest work, we see unsavory people caught up in crime, facing grim horrors and forced to make gut-wrenching decisions. 

We get to know more about Denny the Dent, who made a cameo in Bad Boy Boogie as a garbage man. “He’s an intimidating 350-pound monster, but with a kind and gentle soul,” Pluck said.  “He’s silent, but definitely not slow.”  

Nicknamed ‘the dent’ after an unfortunate forceps injury during birth caused an indentation in his skull, Denny, much like Desmarteaux, seeks his own brand of retribution after being mocked.

“I tend to write stories in the crime genre,” Pluck said.  “Growing up, I came across some people in the crime business and made acquaintances with people who liked to live life on the edge by making backroom deals and running questionable side businesses.”

Pluck is author of the action-adventure thriller Blade of Dishonor, and over fifty published short stories.  He also edited two charity anthologies to benefit PROTECT: The National Association to Protect Children.

He added, “when you read books, most stories are about clean-cut people, but most people aren’t like that, and that’s what I want to write about.”

Life During Wartime is also available from Down and Out Books, at local bookstores through IndieBound, and at Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo and Amazon.  It will be available January 29.

Related story: Author Thomas Pluck talks Crime, Nutley, Goombah Gumbo and his Latest Book 'Bad Boy Boogie'

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