Shovel Ready

Shovel Ready

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by Adam Sternbergh
     
 

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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.
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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 worldsthe wasteland reality and the slick fantasyto finish his job, clear his conscience, and make sure he’s not the one who winds up in the ground.  


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Editorial Reviews

For Spademan, the dirty bomb and the death of his wife changed everything or almost everything. He had been a trash-heaving New York City garbage-man; now he was a professional hit-man. He practices this new form of waste disposal with few qualms until he gets the call to eliminate the teenage daughter of a famous evangelist. His first instinctual worries lead to something far more serious, however, when he realizes the full force of what he's up against. A powerful dystopian novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385349000
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
01/14/2014
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
164,067
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Adam Sternbergh is the culture editor of The New York Times Magazine. Formerly an editor-at-large for New York, his writing has been featured in several other publications including GQ, The Times of London, and on the radio program This American Life. He lives in Brooklyn and is at work on a second Spademan novel.
 
www.adamsternbergh.com · @sternbergh

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Shovel Ready: A Novel 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is written with incredible stylistic precision - like a genre novel and a poem had a love child. The story is addictive, the characters are compelling and moving, the language is thrilling. I can't wait to see what Mr. Sternbergh (and Spademan) do next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Believe this is one of the worst books I have ever tried to read. I never start a book and not finish it but I did this one.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received the second novel in this series as an ARC from work recently and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I went and picked up the first in the series (Shovel Ready) the next day. I really enjoyed the author's unique writing style and structure. The protagonist is entertaining to follow. Though the novel is somewhat dark and gritty, it is filled with sarcastic comic relief. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants a new, unique, and enjoyable read. I look foward to reading more from this author in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really can't believe that trash like this is actually published and peddled as literature. Even worse, I received in the mail today an offer from the Science Fiction Book Club for "Near Enemy", Part 2 of this trash saga, that positively swoons over Adam Sternbergh's tasteless trash. UGH! I've been a member of SFBC for more than fifty years and have witnessed a steady decline in the quality of the story-telling and -writing over the past few years that has me seriously wondering if the inmates of the asylum at the "Club" are at the helm now. I'm seriously rethinking that it is past time--well past time--to find another literature genre to occupy my interests if this kind of trash (it's not the first that has irritated me, only the latest) science fiction/fantasy has become.--AWB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dark subject, but very good read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pitch black noir that packs a punch.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good story from a stream of consciousness point of view, simplistic but overall a decent   book fun easy summer read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to follow. Plot too simplistic. Characters underdeveloped.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Theres this guy i like and we r best friends i want to ask him out but dont want to mess up our friendship i just dont know what to do please help~unsure