Monday, May 29, 2023

Recommendation - All the Sinners Bleed


Reading S. A. Cosby's All the Sinners Bleed immediately after David Joy's Those We Thought We Knew was just begging for a book hangover.

I knew it.

I knew it and did it anyway.

These men can write.
(and there has never been a bigger, louder understatement).

Like the rest of the world, I fell head over heels in love with S. A. Cosby's Razorblade Tears.  I was, honestly, prepared to be disappointed by All the Sinners Bleed.   What could possibly be as good as Razorblade Tears?

Ha!  Joke's on me.

Mr. Cosby is the real deal.

“S. A. Cosby’s novels always hit the grand slam of crime fiction; unstoppable momentum, gripping intrigue and deep character with a hard and telling look at culture and society. I hesitate to call All The Sinners Bleed his masterpiece because he has many more books to write and they only get better and better. Cosby no doubt carries the mantle of Faulkner with him as he uses the crime story to show us where we are and how far we still need to go. Sheriff Titus Crown lives in these pages and your heart. He's a character for the ages.”
―Michael Connelly, #1 
New York Times bestselling author of Desert Star

“On the basis of four novels, each better than the last (and
All the Sinners Bleed the best of them all), it’s fairly easy to say that American crime fiction has found its future and his name is S.A. Cosby.”
―Dennis Lehane, 
New York Times bestselling author of Small Mercies


"The new novel from New York Times bestselling and Los Angeles Times Book Prize-winning author S. A. Cosby, "one of the most muscular, distinctive, grab-you-by-both-ears voices in American crime fiction.” —Washington Post.

A Black sheriff. A serial killer.
A small town ready to combust.

Titus Crown is the first Black sheriff in the history of Charon County, Virginia. In recent decades, quiet Charon has had only two murders. But after years of working as an FBI agent, Titus knows better than anyone that while his hometown might seem like a land of moonshine, cornbread, and honeysuckle, secrets always fester under the surface.

Then a year to the day after Titus’s election, a school teacher is killed by a former student and the student is fatally shot by Titus’s deputies. As Titus investigates the shootings, he unearths terrible crimes and a serial killer who has been hiding in plain sight, haunting the dirt lanes and woodland clearings of Charon.

With the killer’s possible connections to a local church and the town’s harrowing history weighing on him, Titus projects confidence about closing the case while concealing a painful secret from his own past. At the same time, he also has to contend with a far-right group that wants to hold a parade in celebration of the town’s Confederate history.

Charon is Titus’s home and his heart. But where faith and violence meet, there will be a reckoning.

Powerful and unforgettable, All the Sinners Bleed confirms S. A. Cosby as “one of the most muscular, distinctive, grab-you-by-both-ears voices in American crime fiction” (The Washington Post)."

Y'all.  Grab this book

And as for me?  

There is nothing out there right now grabbing my attention so I'm going to flip a coin to see what I'll be reading next, but I do know it's going to be a book written by Mr. Cosby or by Mr. Joy.  I am hooked.

It's binge reading time.

  Coin has been tossed.

Next book?



Well, you'll just have to wait and see . . .

I'll be back to tell you all about it right here IF it lives up to these last two books I've shared with you.  I'm betting it will.

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