Razorblade Tears by S. A. Cosby

Description

A black father and a white father join forces on a crusade for revenge against the people who murdered their gay sons, by S.A. Crosby, the award-winning author of Blacktop Wasteland.

Ike Randolph has been out of jail for 15 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. Isiah was a gay black man in the American South; Ike couldn’t bring himself to attend his son’s wedding. Isiah was a man Ike never understood. A boy he was never there for the way he should have been.

Derek’s father, Buddy Lee, is also suffering. He’d barely spoken to his son in five years; he was as ashamed of Derek for being gay as Derek was ashamed his father was a criminal. 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, alpha-males Ike and Buddy Lee will confront their own prejudices, about each other and their sons, as they rain down vengeance upon those who hurt their boys.

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

My thoughts

This is a story that goes from zero to a hundred in just a chapter or two and then doesn’t take the foot off the gas right until it’s finished!

Gritty and unflinchingly deals with issues such as hate, racism, bigotry and grief. There is a lot of violence. Grief driven revenge and atonement is the motivation behind it and I’m not sure what it says about me but I like it when an author isn’t afraid to let his characters loose and get no-holds-barred revenge. I was rooting for these two unlikely vigilantes all the way!

There are some truly raw moments along with absolute poignancy but the relentless action stops the reader from wallowing in it. I loved Ike and especially Buddy Lee. And I loved this book from beginning to satisfying end!

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