After a series of financial calamities (worsened by the racial prejudices of the small town he lives in) Bug reluctantly takes part in a dar ...more
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ugh, i loved this book. i thought it was a debut, but apparently cosby wrote My Darkest Prayer a few years back and it slipped right pas ...more
“They all underestimated him.”
Blacktop Wasteland is an emotionally charged thriller/character study about a man willing to commit one last crime to save his family and livelihood. His decision might cost all he has worked so hard to achieve: his family, his business, and his identity.
Beauregard “Bug” Montage, mechanic and former criminal, went straight 15 years ago. Bug possesses exceptional driving skills that made him the perfect getaway driver who could not be caught. Having put his last “j ...more
Nope, I cannot give anything less than five gazillion stars because from the first pages, breathtaking, action packed, truly dramatic Beauregard Montage’s story enhances you. You feel the several harsh slaps of reality against cheek throughout your reading journey.
Beauregard a.k.a. Bug loses the fight with his inner demons, heari ...more
Buckle in for an edge of your seat crime thriller that will leave you breathless.
Beauregard, also known as Bug, is a man locked in a personal battle between two conflicting identities. A man emotionally split down the middle between his past and future. Ultimately, those two worlds are destined to collide.
Bug is the best getaway driver this side of the ole’ Mississippi! Actually, probably safe to say both sides of the line! Bug is a major risk taker an ...more
Absolutely nothing is going right in Beauregard “Bug” Montage’s life. The loan on his business is past due, his kid needs braces and he’s just been hit with a bill for his mother’s nursing home care. So, he goes back to what he did in a prior life- criminal planner and getaway driver.
This book is sad and gritty, all at the same time. Cosby has created some great characters here, starting with Bug. He’s a decent man who's been handed a raw deal. You just want things ...more
"Listen, when you're a black man in America you live with the weight of people's low expectations on your back every day. They can crush you right down to the goddamn ground. Think about it like it's a race. Everybody else has a head start and you dragging those low expectations behind you. Choices give you freedom from those expectations. Allows you to cut 'em loose. Because that's what freedom is. Being able to let things go. And nothing is more important than ...more
“You were never out of the Life completely. You were always looking over your shoulder. You always kept a gun within reach, not buried under cement in your basement. Having a gun nearby was the only way you could pretend to relax.”
Once the best getaway driver on the East Coast, Beauregard “Bug” Montage has put that life behind him. He’s a husband, a father, an excellent mechanic. But lately the p ...more
Enter in a diamond heist that two dumb butts have the perfect crime planned out for. They just need a driver.
"I asked around about you, boy. The ...more
You know how some cars have a handhold mounted above the doors on the interior, and you hear people call them the “Oh-Shit-Handle” because if you’re a passenger and something crazy happens you might find yourself clutching it while screaming expletives?
This book should come with an Oh-Shit-Handle because it’s that kind of ride.
Beauregard “Bug” Montage was a professional criminal whose planning skills were second only to his driving ...more
The voice in his head sounded like his Daddy. That rough, whiskey-soaked melodic voice that haunted his daydreams. But the words belonged to someone far more eloquent that he couldn’t recall. He ran his finger over the hood of the Duster. People had been shot. They might even be dead. There was going to be major heat coming down after such a brazen robbery in broad daylight. He had a feeling Ronnie was going to try and fuck him over for his cut. Quan was a fucki ...more
I've waited almost an entire day before I wrote this review to provide enough time to ruminate on all there is to unpack with this story. Beauregard “Bug” Montage, is the guy you root for. He has a troubled past, but is a devoted father and husband trying to make an honest living. When his past comes knocking, he is pulled back into a life he had sworn off.
What stands out to me the most about this book is that a lot of the substance can be overlooked because of the many acti ...more
WINNER OF THE 2020 LA Times Book Prize for Mystery or Thriller!!!
"I got a line on a job, Bug. A big one. One that can set us up for a long time. A long goddamn time."
Beauregard knew there was no honor among thieves. Boys in the game only respected you in direct proportion to how much they needed you divided by how much they feared you. There was no doubt they needed his skill.
And if they weren't a li
I’ve been lamenting lately that the Thriller genre has been too homogenous, and I know I’m not the only one who feels that way. Blacktop Wasteland is a crime thriller that’s full of memorable characters, intensity and a whole lo ...more
This was such a strong book, making so many relevant topics appear seamless in a story of family, friend, villains, prejudices, and a life that seems to be predestined. Are we what our parents were or can we escape from the things that made our parents ...more
When the story opens, Bug (Beauregard) owns an auto repair shop. H ...more
. . . the real thing . . . is how you drive. If you drive like you scared, you gonna lose. If you drive like you don't want to rebuild the whole engine, you gonna lose. You gotta drive like nothing else matter except getting to that line. Drive like you fucking stole it.
For a while there, things were great.
Beauregard “Bug” Montage had a happy family and his own business. His days as a wheelman were long over, and he's walks a straight and narrow line now. But . . . money's tight, and times ar ...more
It’s fitting that this one starts out with a drag race in rural Virginia. We meet the main character, Beauregard "Bug" and his lightning-fast car the Duster. Beau is now a mechanic and family man, but he’s got a past as an amazing getaway driver.
I liked Beau’s relationship with his wife and two boys, his uncle and cousin, and his strong desire to be a good husband and father. Bills and pressure pile up on Beau from his kids, the nursing home, and a slowdown at work and he gets a p ...more
This book feels like having the rug pulled out from under you again and again. It's like trying to cli ...more
Money can’t fix it and love can’t tame it. Push it down deep and it rots you from the inside out.
Blacktop Wasteland features a familiar crime noir trope: A man formally connected to a life of crime is trying to live an honest life and raise a family. When times get tough, he returns to what he knows he’s good at to turn a sizable profit, hoping this will be a one-and-done job. He might think he can leave the life but the life doesn’t want to let go.
We know ...more