Love graphic novels but don't like all of those silly pictures? Then this is the novel for you - John Purcell.
A genre-busting debut featuring a hero that talks like Marlowe, handles a blade like Dexter, roams the streets like Reacher, and has a style all his own.
'I don't want to know your reasons. I don't care. Think of me as a bullet. Just point.'
Spademan used to be a garbage man. That was before the dirty bomb hit Times Square, before his wife was killed, before New York became a burnt-out shell. Now the wealthy escape grim reality by spending their days tapped into a virtual world; the rest of the population has to fend for itself on the streets. Now there's nothing but garbage.
So Spademan became a hit man. He doesn't ask questions, he works quickly, and he's very handy with a box-cutter.
When he's hired to kill the daughter of a high-profile evangelist, Spademan's life is upended. To survive, he will have to navigate two worlds - the slick fantasy world of the elite and the wasteland reality of the rest of the city's inhabitants - to finish the job, clear his conscience, and make sure he's not the one who winds up in the ground.
About the Author
Adam Sternbergh is the culture editor of the New York Times Magazine. Formally an editor-at-large for New York, his writing has been featured in several other publications, including GQ and The Times, and on the radio programme This American Life. He lives in Brooklyn and is at work on a second Spademan novel.
Hardboiled as f*** with writing as fierce and sharp as a paper-cut -- Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls Savage future noir that crackles with deadpan wit -- Nick Harkaway, author of The Gone-Away World and Angelmaker Debut novels as sleek, resonant and accomplished as this are a rare gift -- Megan Abbott, author of Dare Me Elegant, lean and clever noir -- Roger Hobbs, author of Ghostman
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 25th February 2014
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.1 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1