Blacktop Wasteland: A Novel (Paperback)

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S. A. Cosby's Blacktop Wasteland is a high-caliber literary thriller. Beauregard "Bug" Montage is an upstanding father, husband, and mechanic in a small Southern town. However, when Bug finds himself in dire financial straits, he returns to his criminal past as a getaway driver, for one final heist. Of course, the job doesn't go quite according to plan, and a host of bad dudes are soon threatening everything in life that Bug values most. Cosby is a clear writer with deep empathy for his characters, equally adept at evoking touching family scenes and blood-racing action. Blacktop Wasteland is superb.

— Michael

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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.

About the Author


S. A. Cosby is an Anthony Award-winning writer from southeastern Virginia. His the bestselling author of Blacktop Wasteland, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and Goodreads Choice Awards semifinalist, as well as Brotherhood of the Blade and My Darkest Prayer. When not writing, he is an avid hiker and chess player.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250252692
ISBN-10: 1250252695
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: June 1st, 2021
Pages: 320
Language: English