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A New York Times Notable Books of 2020
Like Ocean’s Eleven meets Drive, with a Southern noir twist, S. A. Cosby’s Blacktop Wasteland is a searing, operatic story of a man pushed to his limits by poverty, race, and his own former life of crime.
“Sensationally good–new, fresh, real, authentic, twisty, with characters and dilemmas that will break your heart. More than recommended.” –Lee Child
A husband, a father, a son, a business owner…And the best getaway driver east of the Mississippi.
Beauregard “Bug” Montage is an honest mechanic, a loving husband, and a hard-working dad. Bug knows there’s no future in the man he used to be: known from the hills of North Carolina to the beaches of Florida as the best wheelman on the East Coast.
He thought he’d left all that behind him, but as his carefully built new life begins to crumble, he finds himself drawn inexorably back into a world of blood and bullets. When a smooth-talking former associate comes calling with a can’t-miss jewelry store heist, Bug feels he has no choice but to get back in the driver’s seat. And Bug is at his best where the scent of gasoline mixes with the smell of fear.
Haunted by the ghost of who he used to be and the father who disappeared when he needed him most, Bug must find a way to navigate this blacktop wasteland…or die trying.
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It is said that writing is a lonely endeavor. This is only partly true. I have been blessed to be surrounded by an incredible group of friends and family and fellow writers who have supported me, cajoled me and when needed given me a swift kick in the rear during this journey.
First and foremost I’d like to thank my agent, Josh Getzler, and all the great folks at HG Literary. Josh was the first person to believe in Blacktop Wasteland, and he has always been its fiercest champion. I’m forever grateful I stopped and talked to you in that hotel hallway in St. Petersburg.
I’d like to thank my editor, Christine Kopprasch, and everyone at Flatiron Books. You have been my own personal Virgil through this Divine Comedy. Always supportive, always insightful and always, always trying to make me a better writer.
I’d like to thank some of the people who gave me invaluable advice as Blacktop Wasteland moved from an idea I rambled on about to an actual book: Eryk Pruitt, Nikki Dolson, Kellye Garrett, Rob Pierce, you are all talented writers who were generous with your time and your wisdom.
Finally I’d like to thank Kim.
She knows why. She always has.
- On Sale
- Jun 1, 2021
- Page Count
- 320 pages
- Hachette Book Group