An interesting book. Mr. Sternbergh uses a rather unique style. Much of the book is dialog, but there are no quotation marks or any indication of who is speaking. This is a bit challenging at first, but as long as you don’t go all grammar OCD on it, you will be able to follow everything just fine. This would make a very interesting audiobook, since there would be none of those annoying “so-and-so says” or “exclaimed Jack” that sometimes gets in the way of the flow of the story.
The story is fun, a quick read. You get caught up in Spademan’s tale. You flow with the near future sci-fi, kind of nearly steampunk, landscape that is New York City. Spademan “takes out” the garbage. He is a hitman. You go with him as he discovers that his target is pregnant, so therefore no longer a target. Then it starts to get really strange.
I enjoyed this first novel from Mr. Sternbergh. He is a talented writer, with a unique style. I would like to read more from him. I give this book 4 Stars out of 5.
I received this Digital Review Copy for free from edelweiss.com.
Release date: January 14, 2014
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.
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Crown (January 14, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.1
Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
About the Author
Adam Sternbergh is the author of SHOVEL READY, a thriller about a garbageman-turned-hitman in near-future dystopian NYC, blighted by a dirty bomb in Times Square. Currently the culture editor for the New York Times Magazine. Formerly editor-at-large at New York Magazine and editor of the Approval Matrix. Unstoppable reader. Genre-mutt advocate. Lowbrow-despicable, except when highbrow-brilliant.
The book description is from Amazon. Shovel Ready: A Novel