Wow! I loved S.A. Cosby’s latest crime thriller, “Razorblade Tears.” While this book had everything you would expect of a crime/mystery novel, Cosby takes it a step further with the racial and sexual orientation context hovering throughout the entire book.
Ike Randolph, a black ex-con who owns his own landscaping business, and Buddy Lee, a white ex-con with a drinking problem, meet for the first time at the funeral of their dead sons, Isaiah and Derek. Isaiah and Derek were married in life, causing anger and disgust for both of their fathers. The grisly murder of the couple was the catalyst for the fathers’ revenge and also their understanding of their relationship.
Cosby is an excellent writer with a talent for telling a dark and mysterious crime story, but he also possesses a keen understanding of the underlying social issues of our time. The unique method he has for unraveling both at the same time is unsurpassed. I was gripped throughout this book with the plot and also sucked into the thinking of each character and their choices.
This novel is not for the faint of heart, but its story and message are both equally compelling parts that need to be heard.