Shovel Ready (Paperback)

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“I have always been a fan of dystopian novels, but when I picked up Sternbergh's novel I was unprepared for the post-dirty bomb New York that awaited me. This book is a sucker punch, plain and simple. Gritty, taut, and compelling, Shovel Ready paints a grim and savage portrait of a future where the rich have quite literally checked out and the rest of New York is treading water in the ashes of a once-great city. A fantastic read!”
— Raymond Lawrason, Copperfield's Books, Sebastopol, CA


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.

"From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Adam Sternbergh is the founder and editor of, the Farmer's Almanac of Celebrity Worth, a Web site that has received rave reviews from Entertainment Weekly, Variety, Playboy, Time, and many others.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780385349017
ISBN-10: 0385349017
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publication Date: October 14th, 2014
Pages: 260
Language: English