One of the hundred books a year I read:

One of the hundred books a year I read:


Blacktop Wasteland

S. A. Cosby

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Beauregard “Bug” Montage has two distinct personas in conflict with each other. Beauregard is a family man with a wife, two sons, and a daughter from a previous relationship and a business owner in the community struggling to make ends meet. Bug is the best getaway driver east of the Mississippi, the son of another great getaway driver who disappeared years ago.

After getting out of a lengthy stay in juvenile detention, Beauregard built a life on the right side of the law. He prides himself with his reputation as a terrific mechanic and strives hard to take care of his employee and family. When a competitor opens up with lower prices and wrestles away a big contract from him, Beauregard’s business is threatened. Faced with the potential for bankruptcy, the loss of his business, and the loss of his children’s future, he’s desperate.

An opportunity arises to earn enough money to solve his issues, but he has to get back behind the wheel as Bug and risk his own future. When things go south on the job, he realizes the risk is far broader than his own.

I’m always on the lookout for good stories about the Appalachian region and saw an interview with the author. I’m so glad I did because this book is terrific and Cosby’s writing drew me into the plight of his characters.

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