The futuristic hard-boiled 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. Download and start listening now!