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. His new job is not that different from his old one: waste disposal is waste disposal. He doesn't ask questions, he works quickly, and he's handy with a box cutter. But when his latest client hires him to kill the daughter of a powerful evangelist, his unadorned life is upended: his mark has a shocking secret and his client has a sordid agenda far beyond a simple kill. Spademan 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.
Adam Sternbergh has written a dynamite debut: gritty, violent, funny, riveting, tender, and brilliant.
Editors Select, January 2014 - I was initially drawn into this book by its title and grim, gritty cover, but I was even more excited to learn the plot. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic New York City - where the young and poor live in camps in the park, while the rich retreat to an elaborate virtual reality – and tells the story of Spademan, a garbageman turned hitman. Spademan doesn’t ask any questions about the people he’s hired to kill – his only rule is no kids. But that all changes when he’s hired to kill the runaway daughter of a wealthy evangelist. At times the story reminded me of both Chuck Palahniuk and Philip K. Dick, which is a compliment in my book! Debut author Adam Sternbergh (a writer for
New York Magazine) has written a witty, dark, and compelling novel that will appeal to fans of dystopian fiction or suspense.
Sam, Audible Editor
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