Blacktop wasteland

by Cosby, S. A.,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary

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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Heist-novel fans are all-too familiar with the one-last-job premise, but Cosby trumps our expectations with a neat twist: the one-last-job that Beauregard "Bug" Montage, a Black wheelman turned garage owner, must take to keep his business going leads to one-more-last-job, and if the first one had fiasco written all over it, the next one has about as much chance of success as Evel Knievel jumping the Snake River Canyon. But Bug is no ordinary wheelman. Drawn by his father, also a legendary heist driver, both to fast cars and crime, Bug has been struggling all his life--especially after his father's disappearance--between two visions of himself: either pulling off one high-ticket caper after another, or living the straight life with his wife and two boys. He thinks he's put the fast lane behind him, but with a note due on his loan, he agrees to handle the driving on a jewelry-store job; unfortunately, the two goofs he's in it with have targeted a store owned by a gangster. Hence, the necessity of another job, this time to get out of the gangster's clutches. Cosby never misses a note in this high-energy read, from Bug's under-the-hood wizardry to the actual driving to the sensitive character building, which gives depth to the entire cast, including Bug's hapless yet treacherous associates. A superb work of crime fiction, uncompromisingly noir but deeply human, too, much like Lou Berney's November Road (2018)."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Former wheelman Beauregard "Bug" Montage, the hero of this high-octane neo-noir thriller set in 2012 Virginia from Cosby (My Darkest Prayer), has attempted to put his criminal past behind him, and is now married with children and the owner of his own auto shop. But as his financial woes pile up--his business is failing, his terminally ill mother is being kicked out of her nursing home, his oldest child is almost in college--he's forced to take a potentially lucrative job as a getaway driver in a jewelry heist with people he doesn't trust. Somewhat predictably, the robbery goes wrong, and Bug is soon fighting for not only his own life but also the lives of his wife and children. The example of his own failed father dogs him throughout. The gritty, brutal narrative is complemented by the author's sublime use of sensory description and regional imagery. In addition, the epic, jaw-dropping chase sequences that figure prominently are reason alone to read this pedal-to-the-metal but profoundly sorrowful novel. Cosby is definitely a writer to watch. Agent: Josh Getzler,Hannigan Salky Getzler. (July)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Automobile mechanics -- Fiction.
Automobile racing drivers -- Fiction.
Thieves -- Rehabilitation -- Fiction.
Recidivism -- Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 285 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9781250252692
9781250252685
1250252687
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