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Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby

Blacktop Wasteland

by S.A. Cosby

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There’s down bad, then there’s the rock-bottom financial hole Bug Montage is in, the kind that makes men take risks...

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Beauregard “Bug” Montage: husband, father, honest car mechanic. But he was once known—from North Carolina to the beaches of Florida—as the best getaway driver on the East Coast. Just like his father, who disappeared many years ago.

After a series of financial calamities (worsened by the racial prejudices of the small town he lives in) Bug reluctantly takes part in a daring diamond heist to solve his money troubles— and to go straight once and for all. However, when it goes horrifically wrong, he’s sucked into a grimy underworld which threatens everything, and everyone, he holds dear ...

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Why I love it

I’m so delighted that BOTM readers will get a chance to read Blacktop Wasteland! I was thrilled to share my thoughts with BOTM readers on S.A. Cosby’s last novel, Razorblade Tears, and it’s a pleasure to rave about this novel as well. Blacktop Wasteland is a superspeed-paced heist novel and a gripping rural noir, but most of all, it’s a story about a man coming to terms with family, identity, and parenthood.

The novel tells the story of Bug Montage, now an honest mechanic and owner of his own repair shop, but formerly the best wheelman on the Eastern Seaboard. When financial pressures become overwhelming, Bug agrees to take part in one last heist. But, things don’t go as planned, and Bug is dragged back into the life he’d hoped to escape.

Blacktop Wasteland is a fantastic thriller, but it’s so much more than that. It’s an examination of racism and poverty in the modern South, and the choices people make to transcend their circumstances. There’s also plenty of dark humor in the book, and Cosby depicts rural Virginia with an insider’s perspective. And did I mention that there are some of the most thrilling car chase scenes ever written in the novel! On so many levels, this is an enthralling book to read. I promise you’ll keep turning the pages for the plot and the action, but the character of Bug Montage will stay with you after you’ve finished it. It’s my honor to recommend Blacktop Wasteland; another of S.A. Cosby’s masterpieces.

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Member ratings (1,647)

  • Jessica K.

    New york , NY

    SA Cosby nails character development. I love his writing. It’s raw and gritty and emotional and I don’t ever feel like there’s a lull or filler in his writing. Cosby is an auto buy author for me now!

  • Eudora L.

    Media, PA

    S.A. Cosby is a phenomenal writer; I felt several emotions in the span of a paragraph, and smelled the pine hills of North Carolina as he wrote. It’s a heist but it’s way more - go beneath the surface

  • Andrea W.

    Longview, TX

    Criminal primer: You’re never really *out* of the business. The risk is high, but so is the money. Choose your crew carefully, and don’t get greedy. Be prepared to do a deal. And always have a backup.

  • Robin E.

    Huntington Beach, CA

    Could not put this book down. I felt Bugs despair,hope,love for his family and his longing to be the good father, husband, son and friend.Such raw characters,Couldn’t relate to the story but I felt it

  • Jenn W.

    East Peoria , IL

    Really liked the main character Bug. Tough guy with a soft heart who beats himself up for his father's actions...or inaction. Started slow, but drew me in. I don't know how I feel about the ending.. .