*GUARDIAN BEST CRIME AND THRILLERS OF 2020*
*LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE WINNER 2020*
‘BLACKTOP WASTELAND may be the book of the year.’ MICHAEL CONNELLY
‘Sensationally good’ LEE CHILD
‘I loved BLACKTOP WASTELAND’ STEPHEN KING
‘An urgent, timely, pitch-perfect jolt of American noir’ DENNIS LEHANE
‘Stunning. Can’t remember the last time I read such a powerful crime novel’ MARK BILLINGHAM
“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.
‘Every once in a while a writer comes along with an incredible voice…add S. A. Cosby to that list.’ STEVE CAVANAGH
‘A superb character study wrapped up in a high-octane heist novel’ Guardian
‘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
‘Spectacular….a voice as stark and distinctive as Elmore Leonard’s, and a humanity that touches the soul.’ Daily Mail
‘A delicious slice of country gothic wrapped in smart, hard, contemporary neo noir.’ ADRIAN McKINTY
‘The book will leave you breathless, but also desperate to know where Cosby will take us next.’ LAURA LIPPMAN
‘…S. A. Cosby reinvents the American crime novel. Blacktop Wasteland thrums and races – it’s an intoxicating thrill of a ride’. WALTER MOSLEY