PBS Books, in collaboration with WHRO in Virginia, presents S.A. Cosby, an Anthony, Barry, and Macavity Award-winning writer from southeastern Virginia.
Titus Crowne is the first Black sheriff in the history of Charon County. A former FBI agent and security expert, Titus came home to take care of his father and look out for his troubled younger brother. He ran for Sheriff to make a difference, especially in the Black community, which has so often been treated unfairly by the police.
But a year to the day after his election, a school shooting rocks the town. A beloved teacher is killed by a former student, and as Titus attempts to deescalate and get the boy to surrender, his deputies fire a fatal shot.
In the investigation, it becomes clear that the student they shot had been abused by the dead teacher, as well as by unidentified perpetrators. The trail leads to buried bodies—and secrets. While Titus tries to track down a killer hiding in plain sight, while balancing daily duties like protecting Confederate pride marchers, he must face what it means to be a Black man wearing a police uniform in the American South.
S. A. Cosby is an Anthony, Barry, and Macavity Award-winning writer from southeastern Virginia. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller “Razorblade Tears,” which was recommended on Barack Obama’s summer reading list and named a best book of the year by NPR, The Washington Post, TIME and more. His novel “Blacktop Wasteland” won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was named a best book of the year by NPR, The Guardian and Library Journal. Both books have been optioned for film. Cosby’s short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. When not writing, he is an avid hiker and chess player. Cosby’s newest work, “All the Sinners Bleed: A Novel,” will be featured at the 2023 National Book Festival.