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.
Thank you Flatiron Books for my copy of Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby in exchange for my honest review. This title published July 14, 2020.
Adrenaline pumping: CHECK
Complex & flawed characters: CHECK
Page turning premise: CHECK
Well executed pace: CHECK
S.A. Cosby wrote a real winner here and tells the story of Beauregard, aka “Bug”, a former criminal who is just trying to live life on the straight and narrow but quickly realizes that old habits die hard.
This book has all the ingredients for the perfect binge read. With a cast of complex and flawed characters and a timely and compelling premise, I flew through this book in no time. Cosby’s writing is so visual and cinematic and the entire time I was reading I could see the story play out like a movie reel. It’s a dark and gritty story with
Bug’s character and his story is one that will stick with you long after you finish reading. I found myself rooting for him right from start, despite some of the bad decisions he was forced to make. He was truly trying to do the right thing but kept being put into situations that he just couldn’t get out of without some repercussions.
The story revolves around a major heist that is being set up, for which Bug has been recruited, begrudgingly and the choices he must make to get out of it alive and to keep his family safe.
A powerful story of one man’s struggle with who he is (a father and husband), who he was (a criminal) and who he thinks he will be (a better man than his father), Blacktop Wasteland was emotionally charged and thought-provoking and explored important social issues such as racism, class and identity.
I highly recommend adding this one to your TBR.
My Rating: 5/5
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