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Shovel Ready

(2014)
(The first book in the Spademan series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Edgar Awards Best First Novel (nominee)
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.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"With prose chiseled to hardboiled perfection and a tale that throbs with the keen ache of noir, Adam Sternbergh's 'Shovel Ready' reads like William Gibson as directed with inky brilliance by Christopher Nolan. Debut novels as sleek, resonant and accomplished as this are a rare gift." - Megan Abbott

"'Shovel Ready' tosses you off a precipice and you don't know where you're going to land. Dark and often funny, with sparse, sharp language. Think Charlie Huston's dystopian New York meets Richard Stark's anti-hero--this is good, bitter fun." - Toby Barlow

"Hardboiled as f*** with writing as fierce and sharp as a paper-cut." - Lauren Beukes

"A terrific debut. It has the grimy neon feel of Warren Ellis's 'Transmetropolitan' combined with a touch of Philip K. Dick's gonzo cyberpunk." - Austin Grossman

"Compulsive! Savage future noir that crackles with deadpan wit." - Nick Harkaway

"'Shovel Ready' is an elegant, lean and clever noir. It's the best sci-fi thriller I've read since 'Snow Crash'." - Roger Hobbs


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Used availability for Adam Sternbergh's Shovel Ready

Hardback Editions

May 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: Shovel Ready (Thorndike Press Large Print Thriller)
Author(s): Adam Sternbergh
ISBN: 1-4104-6894-1 / 978-1-4104-6894-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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January 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: Shovel Ready (Spademan)
Author(s): Adam Sternbergh
ISBN: 0-385-34899-1 / 978-0-385-34899-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crown
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Paperback Editions

1714 : UK Paperback
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Title: Shovel Ready (Spademan 1)
Author(s): Adam Sternbergh
ISBN: 1-4722-1469-2 / 978-1-4722-1469-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline
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October 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Shovel Ready: A Spademan Novel
Author(s): Adam Sternbergh
ISBN: 0-385-34901-7 / 978-0-385-34901-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Broadway Books
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1673 : UK Paperback
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Title: Shovel Ready (Spademan 1)
Author(s): Adam Sternbergh
ISBN: 1-4722-1467-6 / 978-1-4722-1467-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Headline
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Audio Editions

January 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Shovel Ready: A Novel
Author(s): Adam Sternbergh
Publisher: Random House Audio
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January 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Shovel Ready: A Novel
Author(s): Adam Sternbergh
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

January 2014 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Shovel Ready (Spademan series Book 1)
Author(s): Adam Sternbergh
Publisher: Headline
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


January 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Shovel Ready: A Spademan Novel
Author(s): Adam Sternbergh
Publisher: Broadway Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA