Book Review – Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh

Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh

Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh

The blurb hard boils:

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.

I am a big fan of Noir and a big fan of Sci-Fi, so you can guess why this book appealed to me.

It is both Noir and Sci-Fi, but somehow it takes the schtick too seriously, so it comes off a bit heavy handed.

My only other problem with the book was that I found parts a bit confusing – it’s as if the author was concentrating so hard on making it feel gritty that he forgot to make sure all of the plot points were spelled out.