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A BLACK FATHER. A WHITE FATHER.
TWO MURDERED SONS. A QUEST FOR VENGEANCE.

*SUNDAY TIMES THRILLER OF THE MONTH*

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

‘I loved BLACKTOP WASTELAND’
STEPHEN KING

‘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

Reviews

Superb...Cuts right to the heart of the most important questions of our times.
MICHAEL CONNELLY
The very definition of a white-knuckle ride...don't know when I last read such a bruising book about bruised people.
IAN RANKIN
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
It's a rare trick to combine violence with social commentary, but Cosby pulls it off.
Daily Mail
Cosby's prose barrels along like a pick-up still angry it's not a Ferrari, and his phrase-making is up there with the great artists of noir.
The Times 'Best thrillers of the month'
A double-barreled action saga that brings to mind the mayhem of early Dashiell Hammett and the bedlam of vintage Sam Peckinpah
Wall Street Journal
A stellar performance
Sunday Times Crime Club
Raw, powerful and pacey, Razorblade Tears more than fulfils the promise of Cosby's superb debut
The Guardian
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
It's a rare trick to combine violence with social commentary, but Cosby pulls it off.
Mail on Sunday
Cosby's prose barrels along like a pick-up still angry it's not a Ferrari, and his phrase-making is up there with the great artists of noir.
The Times
This is as close to a thriller masterpiece as it is possible to get...it is a tale of grief and redemption, but ends with a heartbreaking poignancy that brings tears to the eyes.
Daily Mail