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All The Sinners Bleed by SA Cosby
Narrator: Adam Lazarre-White
Published by MacMillan Audio on June 6, 2023
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 13 hours, 5 minutes
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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.
All the Sinners Bleed is the second audio I have read by this author. The world-building and characters are so good. The racism and white supremacy folks are horrifying but probably rather accurate.
Titus is a former FBI agent and comes home after a bad incident when his father needs more help. He ended up running for sheriff in this Virginia county where he grew up. He is sort of reconnecting with his father and brother. Their history isn’t great. It’s so strange because I think of Virginia as being north but it is really part of the south.
Titus has to weed out the good officers on his team and the cronies of the good ole boy (white) sheriff who policed for the whites and ignored some crimes against blacks, in fact, facilitating them to a degree. He has some good deputies but there is always a political battle with the board and its entitled head.
Things start with a school shooting. As Titus handles it, and all the fallout, things get scary for the black populace. Titus is dedicated to solving the crimes, but is being threatened by the board who would prefer a white sheriff. Titus has good instincts but needs more forensics. He is about to be bullied into turning more over to the state police when he gets a break. He risks everything to try to save a kidnapped black child and others who can identify the killer.
I loved this engaging, edgy read. I am not knowledgeable about these cultural issues. I grew up in a rural area with almost no ethnic, cultural or religious diversity really. All the Sinners Bleed is amazing and likely one of my best reads this year.
I love this narrator. He also narrated the other audio I listened to by this author. The voices are such a great fit for the characters and regions. The performance certainly enhanced my enjoyment. I listened at my usual 1.5x speed.
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