Fresh off listening to BLACKTOP WASTELAND, I was approved for this audio: RAZORBLADE TEARS. I am struggling to find the words to describe how blown away I am. S. A. Cosby is the real deal, people. The REAL DEAL.
Ike, a black man, and Buddy Lee, a white man, are not friends but they do have something in common: the death of their sons. Both men are guilt ridden and that fuels their need for justice. Together they set out to find out what happened to their boys, and to make it right. Will they be successful? You’ll have to read this to find out! (Which you should. Like right now.)
I had no problem picturing the dime-store Sam Elliot of Buddy Lee, or the large, black, muscled build of Riot,(Ike), Randolph. Some of Buddy Lee’s observations had me laughing out loud and some of Ike’s responses did too. Tackling subjects such as rasicm and LGBTQ rights, and how they fit into current day Virginian life; both the author and the narrator carried it off with aplomb.
I love Cosby’s comparisons, in plain language, clear as day. I love his characters, so full of strength and feeling, even if they themselves would never admit it or don’t know it. Ike and Buddy Lee’s life experiences and personalities were so vivid and real, while being completely different from anything I’ve ever known; yet they ring true. Those truths are brought home whether or not the reader wants to face them.
S.A. Cosby is a new to me author, but I’m already a huge fan. This man has a style of writing that’s both arresting and compelling. It seizes you and once that happens, it’s all over for you. You’re going to read this, (or listen, as I did), compulsively until you’re done. The levels of suspense here reach dangerous-for-your-blood-pressure levels. (Good think I’m on medication already.) The denouement was so tense that I don’t want to share one word of it, for fear of spoiling anything.
The narrator, Adam Lazarre-White, does a truly amazing job, especially with the character of Buddy Lee. I freely admit to laughing out loud here and there, usually just before yet another super tense situation took my breath away altogether. Adam’s voicing of Buddy Lee charmed me to the point of finding myself wishing to have a drink with the man, if only to experience that charm in person.
RAZORBLADE TEARS, think about that title and what it means. Then go buy this book on Tuesday and see if your thoughts match up to the real thing.
My highest recommendation!
Thank you to Macmillan Audio, NetGalley and the author for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.