Amazon editors say this is the best mystery novel of 2020: 'A roaring, full-throttle thriller!'

Moriba Cummings
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With the year coming to an end, the long-awaited “best of” lists have begun rolling in, and one of the latest is Amazon with its coveted “Best Books of 2020” list.

Curated and compiled by Amazon book editors, this list includes titles that range across several categories from literature to cookbooks. The title chosen as the best mystery novel of the year is the S. A. Cosby-authored Southern noir-themed Blacktop Wasteland — and Amazon shoppers say it absolutely “rocks.”

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In addition to being dubbed the best mystery/thriller novel of the year by Amazon editors, Blacktop Wasteland received much praise from respected publications throughout 2020.

The New York Times dubbed it “a roaring, full-throttle thriller, crackling with tension and charm,” while the Sun-Sentinel crowned the title “one of the year’s strongest novels.”

Amazon editor Vannessa Cronin considers this to be one of the best books of the year, highlighting that it’s “rural Southern noir with a tender heart.”

Blacktop Wasteland is a pedal to the metal thriller about a retired getaway driver — caught between the rock of poverty and the hard place of Southern racism — who gambles on one last heist to get himself ahead,” she explained.

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