All the Sinners Bleed

Flatiron. Jun. 2023. 352p. ISBN 9781250831910. $27.99. THRILLER
When he left the FBI under a cloud, Titus Crown returned home to Charon, VA, where he was elected the first Black sheriff in the town’s history. It begins to feel like less of an honor when there’s a report of an active shooter at the high school. When everything is over, there are two dead men: a beloved teacher, Jeff Steadman, and the shooter, Latrell Macdonald. Before he died, Latrell’s comments were strange. Crown follows up, searching cell phones and computers, where videos of young Black people being sexually abused and killed are a sickening sight he’ll never forget. But Steadman and Latrell were only two out of three figures on those clips. Now Crown’s small team must find the third killer from the videos, who wore a wolf mask, while also trying to juggle the community’s uneasiness, more murders, and the upcoming march by white men who want to keep their Confederate statue in town. First, he has to find the religious, bigoted killer of Black children who is hiding in plain sight in Charon.
VERDICT Cosby, the multi-award-winning author of Blacktop Wasteland and Razorblade Tears, has a unique, powerful voice for social justice and racism. His compelling writing will have readers rooting for his latest unforgettable, flawed hero.
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