Blacktop Wasteland (Paperback)S. A. Cosby (author)
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A brilliantly crafted piece of Southern gothic, Blacktop Wasteland is the story of an ex-con whose new, quiet life is interrupted by an offer he cannot refuse.
"Bug" Montage: honest mechanic, loving family man. He's no longer the criminal he was - the sharpest wheelman east of the Mississippi.
But when his respectable life crumbles, a shady associate comes calling with a one-time job promising a huge payout. Inexorably drawn to the driver's seat - and haunted by the ghost of his outlaw father - Bug is yanked back into a savage world of bullets and betrayal.
Like Breaking Bad in a high-speed collision with Drive, this dazzling novel holds up a cracked mirror to the American Dream - and tells the story of one man pushed to his limits by poverty, race and a self-destructive masculinity.
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 220 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 28 mm
'Sensationally good-new, fresh, real, authentic, twisty, with characters and dilemmas that will break your heart. More than recommended.' - Lee Child
'I loved Blacktop Wasteland.' - Stephen King
'Blacktop Wasteland is an urgent, timely, pitch-perfect jolt of American noir. S. A. Cosby is a welcome, refreshing new voice in crime literature.' - Dennis Lehane
'A complex and moving take on radical tension and self-destructive masculinity, with blistering action sequences and car chases that fairly roar off the page, this is undoubtedly one of the summer's standout reads.' - The Guardian
'Every once in a while a writer comes along with an incredible voice. Think Elmore Leonard, or Chester Himes. With Blacktop Wasteland, add S. A. Cosby to that list. Trust me, this guy is gonna be a big name someday.' - Steve Cavanagh
'The action sequences are superb, the dialogue wouldn't shame Elmore Leonard, and Bug's experiences recall Walter Mosley at his most powerful...fantastic.' - Sunday Times
'An exciting slice of American noir... Executed with such relentless power and heart.' - Mail on Sunday
'A spectacular debut.' - Daily Mail
'A delicious slice of country gothic wrapped in smart, hard, contemporary neo noir.' - Adrian McKinty
'Diamonds and fast cars, trailer park dreams and late night illegal street racing, S. A. Cosby reinvents the American crime novel...Blacktop Wasteland thrums and races - it's an intoxicating thrill of a ride.' - Walter Mosley
'Every now and then, a novelist shows up with a confidence and a swagger that makes it silly to compare him to anyone else. S. A. Cosby, the man behind the wheel of Blacktop Wasteland, writes the way his main character drives - with precision and fearlessness, in complete command of the road ahead. The book will leave you breathless, but also desperate to know where Cosby will take us next.' - Laura Lippman
'Hard-boiled crime fiction at its very finest. Propulsive, haunting, and richly imagined.' - Lou Berney
'Blacktop Wasteland will let the world at large in on what the crime fiction underworld already knows: S. A. Cosby is a major, original talent. Searing, twisted and jaggedly human, this Southern noir heist novel leaves scars.' - Jordan Harper
'It's fitting Blacktop Wasteland opens with a drag race. This is the literary equivalent of a muscle car-sleek, a little dangerous, and when it kicks into gear, you hold on for dear life. Lucky for you, Cosby is an expert wheelman.' - Rob Hart
'Powerful, gritty, and lyrical, S. A. Cosby's Blacktop Wasteland is the unflinching portrayal of a man who's deeply aware he needs to make a better life for himself and his family, but can't ? or won't. Cosby is a mesmerizing new voice in crime fiction you won't soon forget. This is literary noir at its finest.' - Jennifer Hillier
'Fast-paced, thrilling noir with beautifully drawn characters that really live and breathe. A fantastic novel.' - Mason Cross
'A roaring, full-throttle thriller.' - New York Times
'Blacktop Wasteland is an effective neo-noir that skilfully ratchets up the tension as it rumbles towards its inevitable conclusion.' - Irish Times
'A stunning and thought provoking novel. This story rips through the pages with a rare energy.' - NB Magazine
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“Powerful crime writing from a writer with something to say.”
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“A damn perfect read...”
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