A BLACK FATHER. A WHITE FATHER. TWO MURDERED SONS. A QUEST FOR VENGEANCE. Ike Randolph has been out of jail for 15 years, with not so much as a speeding ticket since. But a black man with cops at the door knows to be afraid. The last thing he expects to hear is that his son Isiah has been murdered, along with Isiah’s white husband, Derek. Ike had never fully accepted his son but is devastated by his loss.
Derek’s father Buddy Lee was almost as ashamed of Derek for being gay as Derek was ashamed that his father was a criminal. Buddy Lee still has contacts in the underworld, though…and he wants to know who killed his boy.
Ike and Buddy Lee, two ex-cons with little in common other than a criminal past and a love for their dead sons, band together in a desperate desire for retribution. In their quest to do better for their children in death than they did in life, they must confront their prejudices about their sons – and each other – as they rain down vengeance upon those who hurt them.
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. Praise for S. A. Cosby: ‘Sensationally good’ LEE CHILD
‘I loved BLACKTOP WASTELAND’ STEPHEN KING
‘Pitch-perfect’ DENNIS LEHANE
‘Stunning. Can’t remember the last time I read such a powerful crime novel’ MARK BILLINGHAM ‘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
‘A delicious slice of country gothic wrapped in smart, hard, contemporary neo noir.’ ADRIAN McKINTY