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Hot Rod Heart by Thomas PluckBobby and Karen fit together like two sharp-toothed gears, suping up cars, racing them for pinks, and selling their rods to scrape a living. Then an old friend comes calling, and the jealous, brutal world conspires to tear them apart.

A fierce and fiery chopped & channeled noir tale from the author of the explosive action thriller Blade of Dishonor, and Steel Heart: 10 Tales of Crime & Suspense.

“Hardcore-clean writing delivered at warp speed.” -Andrew Vachss

“Short, mean, and well-written.” -James Reasoner

“The rush his writing supplies is addictive.” -Criminal Element

“His prose is blade sharp and he writes with the heart of a warrior.” -Josh Stallings

HOT RED HEART is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.


Thomas Pluck is the author of the World War II action thriller Blade of Dishonor, Steel Heart: 10 Tales of Crime and Suspense, and the editor of the anthology Protectors: Stories to Benefit PROTECT. He hosts Noir at the Bar in Manhattan, and his work has appeared in The Utne Reader, PANK Magazine, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Hardboiled, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, Crimespree, and numerous anthologies, including the upcoming Dark City Lights, edited by Lawrence Block. You can find him online at and on twitter as @thomaspluck