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Blacktop Wasteland
Blacktop Wasteland: A Novel | S. A. Cosby
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A husband, a father, a son, a business owner...And the best getaway driver east of the Mississippi. Sensationally goodnew, fresh, real, authentic, twisty, with characters and dilemmas that will break your heart. More than recommended. Lee Child Beauregard Bug Montage is an honest mechanic, a loving husband, and a hard-working dad. Bug knows theres 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. Like Oceans Eleven meets Drive, with a Southern noir twist, S. A. Cosbys Blacktop Wasteland is a searing, operatic story of a man pushed to his limits by poverty, race, and his own former life of crime.
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Bookpearl
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Beauregard had me at hello! He‘s calculated, observant and unafraid. My tea of choice this morning is an absolute fave, so much so that I have it year round and not just in the winter.

Chelsea.Poole Winter spice sounds great! Also loved Beauregard 😊 1w
Bookpearl It is! I love it and use to only drink it during winter but not anymore. Beauregard is something else and I love it. 1w
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Bookpearl
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Special books need special bookmarks!

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Traci1
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#12booksof2021

July's pick is a reminder to me that you can't always judge a book by its cover. This one wouldn't have been on my radar at all had I not seen so many great reviews. And I'm so glad I took a chance because it was definitely one of my favorites of the year and has made Cosby an autobuy author for me.

@Andrew65

Andrew65 The cover doesn‘t sell it does it. 3w
MidnightBookGirl He‘s amazing! He‘s also a local author for us here in Richmond, so he stops by the bookstore and signs stock for us sometimes. Razorblade Tears is even better! 3w
Traci1 @MidnightBookGirl Razorblade Tears is also in my 12booksof21 lists. For September, I think. I agree that it's even better. 3w
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Traci1 @Andrew65 I felt the same about his Razorblade Tears. His covers tend to have a certain gritty style. And the books are gritty, so I guess they fit. But they're just so much more. He's a great storyteller. 3w
Andrew65 @Traci1 Certainly adding to my wish list. 3w
Kammbia1 I agree. The cover doesn‘t sell the book but it was a great read. One of my favorites of the year. 3w
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rather_be_reading
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Book 274

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DGRachel
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#12booksof2021 #april Blacktop Wasteland by SA Cosby was amazing. I loved the atmosphere of the book, the cars, and the characters. Honorable mention goes to Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali, as it was my other 5 star read in April.

Andrew65 Sounds good. 3w
KellyK One of my 2021 favs, too. Looking forward to Razorblade Tears in 2022. 3w
DGRachel @KellyK Me, too. It‘s sitting on a shelf silently judging me like the rest of my unread books. 🤣🤣 3w
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Bookpearl
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Pearls pick for the month of January will be another banger by S.A. Cosby. We were so impressed with Razorblade Tears that we decided to add another title of his to our roster.
#sacosby #pearlspick #januaryread

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Larkken
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My #top21of21 best books of the year
I‘m currently trying to narrow this down to 9 but it‘s difficult 😣
If you haven‘t posted yet, I‘d love to see your picks!

Chelsea.Poole Thanks for sharing your favorites! I am looking forward to this one next month for #newyearwhodis 1mo
Cinfhen The Guncle wins for my MOST HEARTFELT read in 2021! Loved it 1mo
Larkken @Chelsea.Poole braiding sweetgrass was so lovely and hopeful! I found the audiobook to be both moving and meditative, like a big hug. I hope you enjoy it! 1mo
Larkken @Cinfhen oh, man, that book had ALL the feels! Also such a thoughtful depiction of grief and healing ❤️‍🩹 1mo
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Mynameisacolour
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Pickpick

⭐⭐⭐⭐ After Razorblade Tears, I had to read this one. It kept me right on the edge of my seat compulsively turning pages.

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MamaGina
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Pickpick

I hardly ever do this but Razorblade Tears was so good that I immediately went back and started this previous work. This man can WRITE! His prose is electric and precise like literary surgery. He gets every sense involved so you see, smell and taste the action. He is a gifted storyteller. I hope he will also be a prolific one. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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NikkiCureton
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book deserves all the stars! I absolutely loved the writing, the character development, and the gravitas. Beauregard had me on his side even while he was doing very bad things. I could feel his desperation and desire to take care of the people he loved by any means necessary. Just a really well done heist tale.

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StaceGhost
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Another benefit to reading on the kindle: read while you knit! #knitsy #knittersoflitsy #hookersoflitsy just finished this book riot rec & it was suitably action-packed, with some subtle nods to classical tropes & literature scattered throughout 👩‍🍳 gritty crime fiction borderline hard-boiled *chef‘s kiss*

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NikkiCureton
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Really enjoying this one… also banana pudding makes everything better! #goodbooks #goodfood

Nute Banana pudding does make everything better!😋 1mo
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Kammbia1
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Pickpick

There are very few books I have read in my reading life that give you “holy sh...“ moments. Blacktop Wasteland is one of those rare novels. Cosby's “southern noir“ crime novel made me care about street racing, jewelry heists, and a protagonist who is trying to do the right thing. Excellent but ultraviolent thriller.

https://marion-hill.com/wisdom-from-kammbia-book-review-92-blacktop-wasteland-by...

ChaoticMissAdventures I read his other and was also blown away, I have this one on my list. 2mo
Kammbia1 Good deal @ChaoticMissAdventures! I'm going to check out Razorblade Tears: A Novel soon. 2mo
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akfreeborn
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Pickpick

I loved this fast paced book that reads like the most awesome movie. But this book is much more complex with some nuanced characters and is quite introspective as the protagonist weighs his life. It has a bit of social commentary on race, poverty and everyday family struggles. Can‘t wait to read his new book!

AmyG His new book is just as fun. 3mo
akfreeborn @AmyG I can‘t wait to read it! 3mo
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ZeallyGreen
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ZeallyGreen
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Starting new book……Author‘s dedication, made me smile.

Mavey Love it!🤩 3mo
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kimmypete1
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Pickpick

Finished just in time for book club! Not my normal type of read (I‘m normally a light and fluffy kind of girl), but I was captivated by the story.

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Eggbeater
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Pickpick

This was a re-read for my pick for this month's book club. I loved it just as much the second time around. It is super action-packed and the main character was written expertly. My heart bled for him as he made the worst choices. This is a fast paced book full of car chases that never lets up.

SamAnne Just got this from the library! 4mo
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Booklover2
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I don‘t have all the right words to express how much I love this writer. This is not your typical thriller. With an economy of words he mixes a message along with plenty of action. And those characters he creates, bounces right off the pages!

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DavidDiamond
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Pickpick

After finishing and loving Razorblade Tears, I went back to read this one. Suffice it to say, I am a fan and I eagerly await his next book!
If you are looking for a fast-paced, gritty crime story…your search has ended with this propulsive story that will have you turning pages faster than Bug‘s Plymouth Duster!

Hooked_on_books Yes! They‘re both so good! 5mo
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Tamra
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Pickpick

Hard boiled crime fiction is typically not my genre, but this had a compelling main character. The story is a train wreck in slow motion that you know is coming, but can‘t look away. 🥺 If you are in the mood for an action thriller, look no further!

I kept thinking of the scene from Fargo when McDormand asks, “And for what? A little bit of money.”

Reggie I think every Coen brother movie has to do with the dangers of greed. 5mo
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Mitch
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DGRachel I have Razorblade Tears on my shelf. I just haven‘t gotten to it yet. I‘ve heard it‘s even better than Blacktop Wasteland. 🤩 5mo
Oryx Just got Razorblade tears, can't wait to get to it 5mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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I‘ll join the chorus. Cosby does a fantastic job here! Love Beauregard and his compatriots. And the villains are fantastic. Cosby kept me guessing for sure. But my MOST favorite part of this book is the way Cosby uses the language. In the midst of an intense scene, he throws in utterly eloquent descriptions and other gems. #bookreviewerwarmfuzzy So happy I chose his next for a #BOTM.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2021

Tamra I just borrowed the audio. 🤞🏾 Not my usual genre, but I keep reading favorable reviews. 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Tamra I hope it ends up working for you. I am definitely a thriller reader, so it‘s up my alley. But I rarely read heist stories, so that part was unique. 6mo
Tamra Yes, terrific language! 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Tamra It was! And I have his new one on my shelf also! 5mo
Tamra @BarbaraTheBibliophage lucky you! 👏🏾 5mo
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Traci1
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Pickpick

This is one of those books I'd never have picked up were it not for all the people saying how amazing it was. But I'm so glad I did pick it up. It's definitely in my top 3 of this year (of 176). It's gritty and sad and atmospheric and impossible to put down.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Soubhiville
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Pickpick

Litsy was totally right, this book was great! If you haven‘t read it yet, the audiobook was terrific.

#readthestates #virginia

Hooked_on_books I loved this one. His follow up that just came out may be even better! 🤭 6mo
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Traci1
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Current read. I'm about 100 pages in, and it's really getting good. May just finish it today.

marleed I feel I need to read this having read and loved Razorblade Tears. 6mo
Traci1 @marleed you do need to. I just finished it, and it definitely lived up to all the hype I'd been hearing. I am really looking forward to Razorblade Tears. 6mo
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Abibliophobia
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Pickpick

Great!

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Traci1
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There's a Barnes and Noble next to the place where my doctor is doing Covid vaccines, so I treated myself after getting my 2nd shot this morning. I'm feeling kind of crappy right now, but at least I have books!

BrittanyReads Congrats on your second! Hang in there, you'll be good as new by morning! 👍🏻 6mo
Suet624 I‘m glad you now have your second. 6mo
BookishTrish Blacktop Wasteland is incredible- enjoy! And congratulations! 6mo
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TracyReadsBooks Those are some great books! Blacktop Wasteland is incredible and Black Sun is beyond amazing! It was one of my favorite books last year. So much good reading! 6mo
Traci1 @BrittanyReads @Suet624 thanks. My arm is super sore and swolen, but that's the worst of it. Definitely not as bad as having Covid. 6mo
Traci1 @BookishTrish @TracyReadsBooks I'm about 50 pages into Blacktop Wasteland, and the writing is fantastic so far. 6mo
BrittanyReads So glad to hear that's all that happened! I was SO sick! Fever, chills, nauseous..they whole shebang! Don't regret it though! 6mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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Pickpick

Dark, gritty, raw, and violent (so, so violent). I'm rating this a pick, because I totally get the hype, and I'm glad I read it, but I won't be picking up Cosby's next one. I'll read hyper-violent stuff if it's comic-book style over the top, but this kind of raw, genuine, desperate violence is just not for me. But if it's your kind of thing, this is one to check out and Cosby is an author to put on your list!

TheKidUpstairs Oh! And this was my #BookSpin book for July. Yay! @TheAromaofBooks 6mo
Cinfhen I read both books and his newsiest isn‘t as violent but still as gritty and raw!! I loved it more than Blacktop but I TOTALLY get your hesitation 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review — good to have the heads up! 6mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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I'm so grateful for a weekend of beautiful weather! It's been so hard to get outside lately, ridiculously hot or torrential downpours. It's nice to finally sit outside and read and relax (Sprocket agrees!)

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TracyReadsBooks
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Tagged book was my absolute favorite in a good month of reading. Forty books and comics (trades, not single issues) in total. Where the Truth Lies, a debut due out next month, was really, really good—blurbed by just about everyone I think it‘s likely to be a big late summer book. Can‘t wait to see what July‘s reading has in store for me!

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I skipped again 😴 That is 2 months in a row. I almost got Razorblade Tears but then decided no.

EKonrad I skipped too. 😩 7mo
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Julsmarshall
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I loved Blacktop Wasteland so I‘m trying out his next book for my #BOTM . Plus I got the one I can‘t seem to find anywhere for an add on 😄

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Addison_Reads
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#CuriousCovers @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

I'm looking forward to reading this in July.

Eggs Great cover and it sounds good!! 7mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Yeah, this was every bit as good as I expected & then some. (I have an ARC of the author‘s next book which is out 7/6 & I‘m even more excited to read it now!) Bug left the Life, got married, had kids & opened a garage. All is well until it isn‘t & Bug gets pulled back into the world of heists, fast getaways, & dangerous enemies. Bug is a great character, the writing is fantastic & the story does not let up. One of my favorites of the year.

BookishTrish I loved this book! 7mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Lee Child likes it and so does Stephen King, so it has to be amazing, right?!? This one is up next and I‘m about to see if it lives up to the rave reviews (I suspect it does…).

Hooked_on_books I agree with Lee and Stephen. I thought it was incredible! 7mo
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Cinfhen
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An action packed, truly thrilling read! I was on the edge of my seat with tension and anticipation. Beauregard “Bug” Montage is part outlaw/ part family man and Bug knows those two parts don‘t equal a whole. I loved this anti hero MC. Narration was fabulous ♥️#AppalachianNoir #Booked2021

Centique Just to say I am scrolling through your feed and - as always - I am loving your flowers! Always so pretty, I get all inspired looking at them 😍 8mo
Cinfhen Thank you @Centique xxx 8mo
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Megabooks Love these flowers!! 8mo
TrishB Great review. He was def a great anti hero. 8mo
Cinfhen This NEEDS to be a movie @TrishB 8mo
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Cinfhen
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This could be a Quentin Tarantino film...it‘s part Fast& Furious part Jackie Brown part Pulp Fiction!! Narration is excellent. Have you read this @vivastory ???? #Booked2021 #AppalachianNoir #Scribd

4thhouseontheleft Nice pick! I‘m reading a David Joy novel for #AppalachianNoir. It‘s on my TBR for June, I plan on reading it when we go to the mountains for a week. We‘re staying at a cabin in the same place it is set! @BarbaraTheBibliophage (edited) 9mo
Chelsea.Poole That‘s the way I felt about this— it feels like an action film! 9mo
Cinfhen That‘s my backup @4thhouseontheleft I‘ve heard Joy is the king of #AppalachianNoir but so far this book is fabulous!! I‘m loving it @Chelsea.Poole 9mo
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DGRachel I loved Blacktop Wasteland - one of my favorites so far this year. I didn‘t realize it would count for Appalachian Noir! 9mo
BarbaraBB Sounds great! I have to mention this to my boyfriend, a lover of all things Tarantino 😉 9mo
Cinfhen If you want an edge of your seat, gripping thriller @BarbaraBB this is FANTASTIC 9mo
Cinfhen He has a new book @DGRachel it‘s on NetGalley but they declined me ☹️ 9mo
vivastory Yes! I really enjoyed it. A great summer book. I'm looking forward to Razorblade Tears 9mo
Cinfhen Me too @vivastory the premise of his new book sounds fabulous 9mo
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Cinfhen
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On recommendation from @TrishB
Narration is fantastic

#Scribd 🎧

TrishB Hope you‘re enjoying it 👍🏻 9mo
Cinfhen I haven‘t gotten very far but the narration is EXCELLENT @TrishB (edited) 9mo
MicheleinPhilly This one got my heart pumping! 9mo
Cinfhen Heart pumping is a good description/ I can tell it‘s going to be high action @MicheleinPhilly 9mo
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JGadz11
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a winning situation

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DGRachel
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Blacktop Wasteland deserves all of the hype it has received and then some. I loved this southern noir novel about Beauregard “Bug” Montage. From the first chapter featuring an illegal drag race on a dark, rural road, Cosby had me hooked. This book is everything I love: morally gray characters, good people who do bad things, bad people who get their due, and fast cars. I can still feel the engines rumbling, smell the gasoline, and taste the dust.

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 I loved it too. 10mo
vivastory I can't wait for Cosby's new book! 10mo
Eggbeater I loved this one, too! 10mo
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DGRachel
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#firstworldproblems #booknerdproblems I started Blacktop Wasteland on Kindle at my (masked) salon appointment today. I have to work super late tonight to make a dent in my workload (it‘s month-end close) but all I want to do is get back to this book! 😭😭

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Minervasbutler
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Superbly written thriller in the Elmore Leonard mould which just screams out to be filmed by Tarantino, frequent flashes of humour and shot through with insights into race and masculinity.

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aperfectmjk
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Started this one over the weekend. This is my #doublespin for #bookspinbingo. I've seen some good reviews for this one. 🤗

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 10mo
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TrishB
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Exciting afternoons read 👍🏻 all action and plenty of bad decision making. You wanted it all to come good for Bug.
I think this works for #appalachiannoir #booked2021 let me know if it doesn‘t!

Cathythoughts You‘re on a roll with the #booked2021 ... I need to catch up 👍🏻❤️ 10mo
Cinfhen I think I just found my #AppalachianThriller Thanks for posting and sharing xxx 10mo
MsMelissa I‘ve been on the fence about this book, but your review has just sold me 😊 (edited) 10mo
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TrishB @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen I only realised it might fit after I‘d read other reviews and someone else mentioned it 😁 10mo
TrishB @MsMelissa I think you‘d like it 🤞🏻 10mo
Cinfhen 💕🙌🏻 10mo
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Beauregard “Bug” Montage is a father and husband but he was also known as the best getaway driver on the east coast. After another garage opens in the same town Bug‘s garage gets less customers and some other financial hardships has Bug rethinking of getting back into the game.

This was pretty fast paced with great action scenes. I was rooting for Bug the whole story and understood the choices he made for himself and his family.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BookishTrish I loved this book! 11mo
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