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.
Blacktop Wasteland is definitely going to be one of THE novels of 2020, I’m not the only one saying this, as a reader when you know, you know.
I’ve been on a bit of a soapbox lately about quality of writing, well that box too is ticked here- S A Cosby just captures scene and character so pitch perfectly that you sink into this world at page one.
The narrative is tense and tightly plotted, once you are in it you are IN it, I basically read this over a couple of hours last night. Beauregard “Bug” Montage is an intricately drawn and utterly compelling character who lives within the grey area’s of his own morality, you root for him all the way,hoping he’ll make the right choices, constantly clutching the book tightly like you can affect the outcomes.
This is both thriller and character study, a sprawling, intensely complex and addictive novel and deserves all the accolades available.