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Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby

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Ike Randolph has been out of jail for fifteen years, with not so much as a speeding ticket in all that time. But a Black man with cops at the door knows to be afraid.

The last thing he expects to hear is that his son Isiah has been murdered, along with Isiah’s white husband, Derek. Ike had never fully accepted his son but is devastated by his loss.

Derek’s father Buddy Lee was almost as ashamed of Derek for being gay as Derek was ashamed of his father’s criminal record. Buddy Lee still has contacts in the underworld, though, and he wants to know who killed his boy.

Ike and Buddy Lee, two ex-cons with little else in common other than a criminal past and a love for their dead sons, band together in their desperate desire for revenge. In their quest to do better for their sons in death than they did in life, hardened men Ike and Buddy Lee will confront their own prejudices about their sons and each other, as they rain down vengeance upon those who hurt their boys.

Provocative and fast-paced, S. A. Cosby’s Razorblade Tears is a story of bloody retribution, heartfelt change – and maybe even redemption.


Condition: New

Hardcover, Published July 6, 2021 by Flatiron Books

ISBN: 9781250252708

1 review for Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby

  1. Chandra

    There are not enough stars in the world for this book. This one grabs you right in the short and curlies and pulls you along with every heart wrenching, action packed scene. And Cosby is just genius. I figured as much after reading Blacktop Wasteland and it is cemented after reading this book. A book that slapped me straight in the heart and made me scream ‘Mommy!”

    The title you will completely understand the first time you read it in this book. I cannot begin to describe and tell you of all the very big lessons that are learned throughout this read and the very human way Cosby brought it to our very souls by way of our eyes or ears. This is the second book I’ve read in a row where parents had to do whatever the fuck it took for their kids.

    If you have read Blacktop Wasteland, you’ll know that it is a very character driven novel (also outstanding and if you haven’t read either of these, do yourself a favor and immediately stop reading this review and go purchase them NOW). RAZORBLADE TEARS is no different and we get DEEP into the hearts of Ike and Buddy Lee. Two men, bound by their sons deaths. Bound by their hard lives. Each learning lessons from the other as they pursue their common goal. Y’all, if there’s one big thing to take from this is, if you have an issue with your gay child, if they are stripped from your life altogether and six feet under, would you really give a shit who they had in their bed as long as they were happy and alive?

    This story does have a lot of action and we also get some levity through Buddy Lee so fear not if you’re not into character driven stories – this one is punch full and it wouldn’t surprise me if you had a hard time putting it down. I need to go pick up my heart as it is in a zillion teeny pieces at the moment. Cosby, you brilliant author, you – thank you for putting this amazing story and all it stands for into the public. We need more of this.
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