Razorblade Tears

Razorblade Tears – S.A. Cosby

Reformed criminal Ike Randolph has cultivated a careful life with the goal of staying out of the prying eyes of the law.  But when he’s subjected to a parent’s worst nightmare – burying your child – Ike takes the failure of the law as fuel to solve the murders of his son, Isaiah, and his husband Derek.

Prior to his son’s death, a strained relationship existed due to Ike’s inability to accept Isaiah’s coming out and his marriage to Derek.  Derek’s father, a white hillbilly shit-kicker named Buddy Lee, convinces a hesitant Ike to find some form of justice for their slain sons.

S.A. Cosby released what was probably my favorite novel of 2020 in Blacktop Wasteland.  I had pretty high expectations for his follow-up and he definitely did not disappoint.  Razorblade Tears took the best parts of a blockbuster action movie and added in an emotional core that completely gripped me from start to finish.  There’s an unexpected chemistry between the two leads that gradually forms and never once feels manufactured.  If you told me that Ike and Buddy Lee were going to storm the gates of hell, I’d give them a fighting chance.

Despite the near universal acclaim this book has received, it’s bound to ruffle more than a few feathers.  Cosby takes on the concept of masculinity and what it means to be a father in the face of deep-rooted cultural beliefs.  Ike and Buddy Lee, while not perfect, still have a strong sense of right and wrong, so their growth throughout the novel feels legitimate even if it could be argued that it still shouldn’t be that easy to change the mind of a middle-aged male from the South.

With Razorblade Tears, S.A. Cosby knocks it out of the park yet again.  I’m excited to see what lies ahead and can’t wait to get my hands on his next book.

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