Problems were piling up for Bug Montage as fast as the past due bills. His daughter needed money to go to college, his mother was about to be ejected from the nursing home where she unhappily resides, and a new business in town had siphoned customers away from his mechanic's shop. Bug had a checkered past that he did not want to return to, but his legendary experience and skill behind the wheel made him the perfect guy to drive the getaway car after a jewel robbery. He calculated everything beforehand, figuring nothing could go wrong if his three partners-in-crime followed the plan. Everything went wrong. Totally enjoyable escapist fare with a sympathetically damaged protagonist, an intriguingly complex plot, and propulsive action sequences. — Alden Graves
A firecracker of a story, and as fast and heart-poundingly paced as Bug drives his father’s car, The Duster. Blacktop Wasteland is a raw, emotionally-charged crime drama about a man who’s torn between his two worlds, making the desperate decision to drive for one last score so he can provide for his family, and haunted by the memory of the crook father that abandoned him. You’ll be soaring through the graphic, jam-packed action scenes and slow down for the quiet, personal moments where Bug struggles with his identity; to be a criminal or an honest man. — Kirstin Swartz
A New York Times Notable Books of 2020
Like Ocean’s Eleven meets Drive, with a Southern noir twist, S. A. Cosby’s Blacktop Wasteland is a searing, operatic story of a man pushed to his limits by poverty, race, and his own former life of crime.
“Sensationally good—new, fresh, real, authentic, twisty, with characters and dilemmas that will break your heart. More than recommended.” —Lee Child
A husband, a father, a son, a business owner…And the best getaway driver east of the Mississippi.
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.