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Jul 22, 2021


New York Times bestseller, and award-winning neo-noir novelist, S. A. Cosby, returned to chat about his creative process, cinematic heroes, and fantasy casting his new revenge tale, Razorblade Tears.

“I loved Blacktop Wasteland...[A] fast-paced, bare-knuckle thriller.” -Stephen King

S.A. is also an Anthony Award-winning short story writer for Best Short Story, 2019, and his short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines.

His lauded bestselling novel, Blacktop Wasteland, was Amazon's #1 Mystery and Thriller of the Year and #3 Best Book of 2020 overall, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, Winner of the LA Times Book Award for Mystery or Thrillers and a Goodreads Choice Awards Semifinalist.

His newest, Razorblade Tears, hit The New York Times Bestseller List for the week of July 25, 2021, at number 10, and is described by ALA Booklist as "... a powerful blend of pulsing action, sensitive and subtle character interaction, and uncompromising but highly nuanced reflection on racism and homophobia."

“Superb...Cuts right to the heart of the most important questions of our times.... S. A. Cosby is not only the future of crime fiction but of any fiction...” – Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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In this file S. A. Cosby and I discussed:

  • How he defines "Country Noir"
  • The genesis of the larger societal themes in his work
  • Why he always starts with the problem, and a stream-of-consciousness synopsis, first
  • How finding his way into the plot is like finding his way into a locked house
  • The great American literary legacy of "odd couples"
  • And his hot take on Quentin Tarrantino's directing

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