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Razorblade Tears: The Sunday Times Thriller of the Month from the author of BLACKTOP WASTELAND

S. A. Cosby

8 Reviews

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Thriller / suspense

A page-turning, provocative revenge thriller and a redemptive tale of knotty southern noir, this is crime writing at its very best.



Superb...Cuts right to the heart of the most important questions of our times.' MICHAEL CONNELLY
'The very definition of a white-knuckle ride' IAN RANKIN

Ike Randolph left jail fifteen years ago, with not so much as a speeding ticket since.
But a Black man with cops at the door knows to be afraid.

Ike is devastated to learn his son Isiah has been murdered, along with Isiah's white husband, Derek. Though he never fully accepted his son, Ike is broken by his death.

Derek's father Buddy Lee was as ashamed of Derek being gay as Derek was of his father's criminal past. But Buddy Lee - with seedy contacts deep in the underworld - needs to know who killed his only child.

Desperate to do better by them in death than they did in life, two hardened ex-cons must confront their own prejudices about their sons - and each other - as they rain down vengeance upon those who hurt their boys.

A provocative revenge thriller and an achingly tender story of redemption, this novel is a ferocious portrait of grief; for those loved and lost, and for mistakes than can never truly be undone.

'Every once in a while a writer comes along with an incredible voice...add S. A. Cosby to that list.' STEVE CAVANAGH 'Utterly brilliant....Beautiful, violent, operatic, relevant, poignant, gripping & important. This book is a mirror. It shows us our world as it is. Masterful' WILL DEAN

Praise for S. A. Cosby:

'Sensationally good' LEE CHILD


'Stunning. Can't remember the last time I read such a powerful crime novel' MARK BILLINGHAM

'A voice as stark and distinctive as Elmore Leonard's, and a humanity that touches the soul.' DAILY MAIL

'A superb character study wrapped up in a high-octane heist novel' Guardian

'Fantastic' Sunday Times

'Spectacular.' Daily Mail

'A delicious slice of country gothic wrapped in smart, hard, contemporary neo noir.' ADRIAN McKINTY

'S. A. Cosby is a welcome, refreshing new voice in crime literature.' DENNIS LEHANE

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Praise for Razorblade Tears: The Sunday Times Thriller of the Month from the author of BLACKTOP WASTELAND

  • Superb...Cuts right to the heart of the most important questions of our times.

  • The very definition of a white-knuckle ride...don't know when I last read such a bruising book about bruised people.

  • Gripping and intense - TIME

  • Cosby's talents for pungent dialogue and Chandler-esque phrase-making were praised in his previous novel,.. and they're evident again in this pulsating follow-up - Sunday Times THRILLER OF THE MONTH

  • Razorblade Tears practically taunts you every time you try to put it down. - New York Times

  • Elmore Leonard, wherever you are, you've got competition... S.A. Cosby has reappeared as one of the most muscular, distinctive, grab-you-by-both-ears voices in American crime fiction. - Washington Post

  • Shattering and beautiful, this is a must-read for genre and literary fiction fans alike - CrimeReads

  • Cosby's high-octane drama cements his ascension as a prince of the literary action thriller. - NPR

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S. A. Cosby

S. A. Cosby is a writer from Southeastern Virginia. He resides in Gloucester, VA.

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