Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby

In Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby, Ike Randolph and Buddy Lee have exactly two things in common: the death of their sons and a criminal past. Their sons were murdered brutally without much explanation, leaving a daughter behind. Ike and Buddy Lee seek answers and revenge for those who might have broken up their families. Through the process, they both have to come to terms with their own pasts, what they’re willing to do for their sons and how they did not show up for them during life.


“It occurred to Buddy Lee that anything could be a weapon if you were dedicated enough. Even love. Especially love.” ― S.A. Cosby, Razorblade Tears


Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby reads like a movie. In fact, I think the adaptation to the screenplay would be seamless with very little need to adapt if anything. From the beginning, I felt like I could clearly see the characters viscerally. I was also doing my own fan casting as I went along, as usual.

The relationships between Ike and Buddy and their relationships with their sons are what made this novel truly great. Ike and Buddy are both uncomfortable with their son’s sexuality and find common ground in the revenge they are seeking. It’s one of my favorite aspects of this book, these two older men had to come to terms with who their sons were in the face of such great tragedy.

The violence was at times over the top. The juxtaposition of humor and violence was something I found disturbing (though intriguing). But this book was hard to put down because it kept asking me how far I would take my revenge (and if I’d get away with it).

I recommend Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby if you like buddy dramas with comedic and irreverent twists.

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