Shovel Ready (Paperback)
This is the first in a gritty, mystery noir series set in the near future in and around Manhattan. After a dirty bomb is set off in Times Square, Spademan, who was once a real garbage man, reinvents himself as a hit man. He doesn’t need to know any details, just tell him who and he’ll take care of the rest. Spademan is a great new anti-hero, a killer with a heart of gold. ~ René— From Staff Favorites 2014
January 2014 Indie Next List
“I have always been a fan of dystopian novels, but when I picked up Sternbergh's novel I was unprepared for the post-dirty bomb New York that awaited me. This book is a sucker punch, plain and simple. Gritty, taut, and compelling, Shovel Ready paints a grim and savage portrait of a future where the rich have quite literally checked out and the rest of New York is treading water in the ashes of a once-great city. A fantastic read!”
— Raymond Lawrason, Copperfield's Books, Sebastopol, CA
The futuristic hardboiled noir that Lauren Beukes calls sharp as a paper-cut about a garbage man turned kill-for-hire.
Spademan used to be a garbage man. That was before the dirty bomb hit Times Square, before his wife was killed, and before the city became a blown-out shell of its former self.
Now he's a hitman.
In a near-future New York City split between those who are wealthy enough to tap in to a sophisticated virtual reality, and those who are left to fend for themselves in the ravaged streets, Spademan chose the streets. When his latest client hires him to kill the daughter of a powerful evangelist, he must navigate between these two worlds the wasteland reality and the slick fantasy to finish his job, clear his conscience, and make sure he's not the one who winds up in the ground.
"From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Adam Sternbergh is a contributing editor for "New York "magazine and "Vulture." Formerly culture editor of "The New York Times Magazine," his writing has appeared in "GQ" and the "Times" of London and on "This American Life." He currently lives in Brooklyn with his family. "Shovel Ready" is his first novel. His second, "Near Enemy," will be published in 2015. www.adamsternbergh.com . @sternbergh"