S. A. Cosby
Award-Winning Writer from Southeast Virginia

S. A. Cosby is an Anthony Award-winning writer from Southeastern Virginia. He is the author of the instant New York Times bestseller All the Sinners Bleed which was on Barack Obama’s Summer Reading List and author of New York Times bestseller Razorblade Tears and Blacktop Wasteland, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, was a New York Times Notable Book, and was named a best book of the year by NPR, The Guardian, and Library Journalamong others. When not writing, he is an avid hiker and chess player.


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The new novel from New York Times bestselling and Los Angeles Times Book Prize-winning author S. A. Cosby, "one of the most muscular, distinctive, grab-you-by-both-ears voices in American crime fiction.” —Washington Post.

Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author S. A. Cosby’s debut novel My Darkest Prayer is republished in a new edition, with a new introduction from the author.

“S.A. Cosby’s reissued debut thriller proves he was a master from the start…Cosby has in three books emerged as one of the genre’s best living practitioners...its reissue is a brilliant idea.” —Los Angeles Times

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A New York Times Notable Books of 2020 • TIME Magazine’s Best Mystery and Thriller Books of All Time

Like Ocean’s Eleven meets Drive, with a Southern noir twist, S. A. Cosby’s Blacktop Wasteland is a searing, operatic story of a man pushed to his limits by poverty, race, and his own former life of crime.

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*INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER* One of Barack Obama's Recommended Reads for Summer • New York Times Notable Book • NPR’s Best Books of 2021 • Washington Post’s Best Thriller and Mystery Books of the Year • TIME Magazine’s 100 Must-Read Books of 2021 • New York Public Library’s Best Books of the Year • Goodreads Choice Award Nominee • Book of the Month’s Book of the Year Finalist

A Black father. A white father. Two murdered sons. A quest for vengeance.

On Writing & Inspiration An evening with S.A. Cosby - learn about his writing process and inspiration for his stories.

Bookriot ran a piece on the 2024 Audie Award winners including All the Sinners Bleed.

All the Sinners Bleed by S.A. Cosby, narrated by Adam Lazarre-White, wins the 2024 Audie Award in the Thriller/Suspense category.

The Washington Post‘s Book World newsletter mentioned the Audie Award finalists including All the Sinners Bleed, which is a finalist for Audiobook of the Year.

All the Sinners Bleed by S.A. Cosby is a finalist for the inaugural Libby Book Awards in two categories Best Audiobook and Best Thriller.

All the Sinners Bleed by S. A. Cosby is a Finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize in the Mystery/Thriller category.

All the Sinners Bleed by S. A. Cosby has been nominated for a 2024 Edgar Award for Best Novel and also nominated for a 2024 Lefty Award for Best Novel.

Roxane Gay names All the Sinners Bleed by S. A. Cosby her Favorite Book of the Year:
“S.A. Cosby writes Southern noir that I cannot get enough of…I did not want to put this book down. When I was done, I wanted his next book, immediately.” —Roxane Gay

S.A. Cosby, a Writer of Violent Noirs, Claims the Rural South as His Own — New York Times

Review: S.A. Cosby’s reissued debut thriller proves he was a master from the start — Los Angeles Times

Blacktop Wasteland named one of TIME’s Best Mystery and Thriller Books of All Time

All the Sinners Bleed featured on the Washington Post‘s 12 Best Thrillers of 2023 list.

All the Sinners Bleed featured in the Top 20 of Audible’s The Best of 2023 list.

Publishers Weekly names All the Sinners Bleed on their list of the Best Books of 2023.

NPR names four Flatiron titles to their list of the Best Books of 2023 including S.A. Cosby’s All the Sinners Bleed.

The New York Times includes All the Sinners Bleed  in their list of 100 Notable Books of 2023.