Author: S.A. Cosby

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

Publisher: Flatiron/Macmillan Audio

Publication Date: July 6th, 2021

Book Description: A Black father. A white father. Two murdered sons. A quest for vengeance.

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 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, 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.

Rating: 4 Stars

Review: When this story opens Isiah and Derek are murdered in their home. Ike Randolph and Buddy Lee who are their fathers are reeling from this news and want to avenge their son’s deaths.

Ike and Buddy Lee are both ex-convicts, both atoning for the way they treated their gay sons. Ike and his wife Maya are now the guardians of Isiah and Derek’s daughter. Buddy Lee presents Ike the idea of finding the murderer of their son’s.

This leads the two in an unexpected journey and even more a friendship. This is not a pretty story. There is a lot of intrigue and innuendos throughout. The story takes a turn that was truly unexpected and oh so good.

This book is not typically something I would read, but came highly recommended from a trusted source. I am so glad I read this one. It was a great mystery and adventure story. Also, I would note, this would make a great movie.

Thank you NetGalley and Macmillan Audio for an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Posted by:Lauren A.

You really can say I am an obsessed reader as I read 200-300 books per year. I love Literary Fiction, Memoirs (I don't really care what kind), Mysteries and Thrillers. Once in awhile I will thrown in some YA and Romance. When I am not reading, I am a Sales Engineer for a software company, and I take care of my three cats with my husband. I love music, which my college degree is in. Looking forward to share my thoughts on all things reading.

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