‘All the Sinners Bleed’ elegantly walks a fine line between horror and crime fiction

S.A. Cosby’s ‘All the Sinners Bleed’ is a dark and intricate crime novel with religious undertones that explores timely issues without sounding preachy.

The setting: The story takes place in Charon County, Virginia, where Titus Crown, the first Black Sheriff, investigates a horrific murder case leading to a series of crimes involving children of color.
* The novel takes a deep look into small-town America in the South and its deeply rooted racism.

Character development: Cosby ensures that readers feel empathy for the characters and understand the historical context of the events in Charon County.
* The novel explores the effects of religious zealotry on maintaining the status quo and supporting backlashes against social progress, such as embracing ideas like “all lives matter.”

Critical reception: ‘All the Sinners Bleed’ has been lauded as even stronger, profound, and complex than Cosby’s previous works, such as ‘Blacktop Wasteland’ and ‘Razorblade Tears.’

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