Wednesday, December 09, 2020

Eight novels featuring group misdeeds

Kia Abdullah is an author from London. Her novel Take It Back was named one of the best thrillers of the year by The Guardian and The Telegraph.

At CrimeReads she tagged eight novels featuring co-conspirators, including:
Blacktop Wasteland, S. A. Cosby

“Like Breaking Bad in a high-speed collision with Drive” reads the pitch for Blacktop Wasteland—and it doesn’t disappoint. Beauregard “Bug” Montage, once the sharpest wheelman on the east coast, has given up a life of crime to set up shop as a mechanic in rural Virginia. When a competitor poaches all his customers, Bug finds himself on a financial precipice and agrees to a one-time job: a diamond heist with a get-rich payout. Unluckily for Bug, his hapless co-conspirators bungle the robbery, raising the stakes to life or death. As well as blistering action scenes and full-throttle car chases, Cosby serves up an explosive mix of racial tension, small-town deprivation and destructive masculinity.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue