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.
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In a nightmarish future New York, the rich while away their days in bullet-shaped beds where they connect to the limnosphere, a virtual reality that lets them live out their fantasies. Meanwhile, those too poor to “tap in” (or too stubborn to leave the bombed-out city) slog through a bleak and vicious urban reality. Adam Sternbergh’s propulsive debut novel is a gleeful mash-up of hard-boiled pulp and dystopian fiction that sparkles with precision-cut prose and Twitter-esque flourishes of brevity and wit. Spademan—Shovel Ready’s intense antihero—is a garbageman-turned-assassin hired to knock off the runaway daughter of the evangelical tycoon who helms Crystal Corral Ministries. As he’s pulled into a savage adventure, Spademan evolves into a compelling, grief-stricken protagonist whose amorality gives way to a clear-eyed perception of right and wrong.
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Interesting writing style. It took me a bit to understand how the author wrote the book.
I don't recommend those with moral sensitivity read this book. It is a group I fall into that's why only 3 stars. I felt after a while like a spectator of a horrible bloody car accident. Too fascinated with the macabre to turn away yet sickened by the accident and blood. This is likely the one and only time I read Adam Sternburgs.
Being a fan of both post apocalyptic and hard boiled novels, I thought this was a great genre cross over.
There's just something titillating about a good anti-hero and I really, really liked Spademan. I'm not going to write a synopsis here, if you like hard boiled and/or PA, just read it. I was entertained throughout and am pausing just long enough to write this before I buy the next in the series.
Great story. When's the next one?
Awesome book, great read. Just finished it. Highly recommend this gritty futuristic murder mystery. Part Sin City, part Matrix mixed with religious undertones.