Spademan

2 books in series
3.5 out of 5 stars 135 ratings

Shovel Ready Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Adam Sternbergh (P)2013 Random House Audio
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  • Book 1

    • Shovel Ready

    • A Novel
    • By: Adam Sternbergh
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 106

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Noir garbageman in dirty bombed New York

    • By Lawrence on 02-02-14

    Regular price: $24.50

  • Book 2

    • Near Enemy

    • A Spademan Novel
    • By: Adam Sternbergh
    • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    New York is toxic - decimated by a dirty bomb years ago. The limnosphere is a virtual safe haven - if you're rich enough to buy in. Spademan is a hit man - box-cutter at the ready. His latest job is to snuff out Lesser, a lowlife lurking around other people's fantasies. As Spademan is about to close the deal, Lesser comes back from the limn with a wild claim: terrorists are planning to attack New York. Again. This time from the inside out.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Contrived sequel

    • By jjsho77 on 01-30-15

    Regular price: $28.00