Blacktop Wasteland A Novel Author:S. A. Cosby, Shawn A. Cosby 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 wheelm... more »an 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.
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.« less
A month or so ago I saw a list for the 2021 Anthony Awards nominees. I was in the mood to read something other than my usual mystery series so I started looking them up and this one sounded interesting. It is excellent. Beautifully written, you can't help but sympathize with Beauregard and hope he makes it, although you can't see how that could happen. The other characters are done with equal skill. Great action scenes and great sense of place. There's a lot of familiarity to it (the criminal trying to go straight but needs one last job etc) but it's all done so well. I read it straight through.