A New York Times Notable Books of 2020
"Narrator Adam Lazarre-White's voice exudes confidence and depth; his performance is an example of how the best audiobooks deliver pure storytelling." -- AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner
A husband, a father, a son, a business owner…And the best getaway driver east of the Mississippi.
This program includes a bonus conversation with the author.
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.
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.
A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books
“Sensationally good—new, fresh, real, authentic, twisty, with characters and dilemmas that will break your heart. More than recommended.” — Lee Child
"A fast-paced, fresh take on noir that tears through the underbelly of Virginia." — New York Times
"If you’re looking for dark, gritty, nuanced heist thriller that feels like The Fast and the Furious + The Italian Job + the Starz show Power but set in the south with fantastic, immersive narration, pick this up." -- Book Riot
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Beauregard “Bug” Montage has a normal life, raising a family and running a car repair shop. Precious few folks know that Bug used to be a getaway driver, speeding notorious criminals away from their heists. He’s gone straight—but after a stroke of bad luck, the past comes calling. Listening to this high-octane thrill ride is as exciting as a car chase through downtown streets. Bug is both sympathetic and ruthless, troubled and caring—basically, the perfect antihero. “Hearing the audiobook was a magical experience. It was like Adam Lazarre-White listened to my thoughts and found the voice of each and every character,” says author S. A. Cosby. Whether you want to delve into the economic collapse of small-town Appalachia, a country’s mythic love of the automobile, or just a whiplash-paced crime novel, Blacktop Wasteland has what you’re craving.