Bestselling author S.A. Cosby talks mayhem, comedy, and colloquialisms in ‘Razorblade Tears.’
This week we’re talking thrillers, mysteries, heists, and whodunits on a special crime episode of Fully Booked, sponsored by Amazon Publishing. In our main author interview, we’re talking with S.A. Cosby, author of Razorblade Tears (Flatiron Books, July 6),“a lean, mean crime story about two bereaved fathers getting their hands bloody.” This New York Times–bestselling novel follows Cosby’s critically acclaimed debut, Blacktop Wasteland (2020 LA Times Book Prize), and solidifies his standing as a master of mayhem.
Kirkus on Razorblade Tears: “Coming from the right author, genre fiction has a rare capacity to touch on any number of big ideas: love, death, hatred, violence, freedom, bondage, and redemption, to name just a few.…Cosby gives us both the charge of once-bad men getting back in touch with their wild sides and the sad reluctance of relatively straight-and-narrow lives turning to vengeance.…[A] bloody good yarn with two compelling antiheroes you’ll root for from the start” (starred review).
Cosby and host Megan Labrise discuss the highest compliment an author can receive; growing up in Southeastern Virginia in a storytelling family; Southern colloquialisms; Cosby’s writing career as both a “strange road” and fulfillment of destiny; how working in the funeral industry informs his fiction; writing LGBTQ+ characters with care and nuance, and how friend and fellow crime writer P.J. Vernon helped him get it right; and much more.
Then editors Laura Simeon, Eric Liebetrau, and Laurie Muchnick discuss some of their favorite books from the Kirkus Reviews Crime Supplement.
Deadman’s Castle by Iain Lawrence (Margaret Ferguson/Holiday House)
Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley (Henry Holt)
Blood Gun Money: How America Arms Gangs and Cartels by Ioan Grillo (Bloomsbury)
The mysteries of Charlotte Carter
Also mentioned in this episode:
McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld by Misha Glenny (Knopf)
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Fully Booked is produced by Cabel Adkins Audio and Megan Labrise.