“Charon County was founded in bloodshed and darkness.” That is just the first line, and the story only gets darker and darker. After a career with the FBI, Titus Crown returns to Charon County, Virginia and is elected its first Black sheriff. A year later, a shocking high school shooting takes place as a popular white teacher is murdered by Titus' close friend's son, a troubled young Black man who is subsequently gunned down by his deputies. As horrible as this is, it is discovered that the teacher and his killer had been participating together in killings of Black children over the past few years. And there is a third person involved. In an uncovered video, the believed leader of the group is only seen wearing a wolf mask. Titus needs to use his FBI skills to figure out who is behind the mask. But he is faced with many obstacles including local racists, White Supremacists and perhaps a dirty cop within his own team. Time is of the essence as it appears that the killer is still actively preying on victims even though his two helpers are dead.
When you enter the world of author S.A. Cosby, you have to be prepared for a tough, emotional journey. Like his book Razorblade Tears, Cosby brings readers into another gritty, tragic and thought-provoking story with All the Sinners Bleed. Titus is not only trying to protect the people of his hometown, but he is also trying to deal with his relationships with his father and brother, his crisis of faith and a trauma from his past. He's a complex man you have to admire. Emotions run high throughout this heartbreaking and superior book. I expected no less from Cosby.
Many thanks to Flatiron Books for the opportunity to read this book in advance. It was high on my 2023 must-read list, and it did not disappoint!
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.
Mystery / Thriller.
Publication Date: June 6, 2023.
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