I really liked this book. It’s an excellent example of dystopian noir! New York is all messed up due to a dirty bomb in Times Square. Dystopian setting – check! The protagonist, Spademan, is messed up due to a number of things – he’s a hit man with rules, and a conscience.
The writing! Sternbergh makes Hemingway look verbose! Sometimes I felt I was reading lists – but the lists evoked a setting or an action with such intensity. I thought this would be a quick read. It’s not a really long book. I don’t know the word count, but it can’t be much given the sparse style. It wasn’t a quick read. I don’t know why, but I took my time with this book. Perhaps I didn’t feel the need to rush through long, boring paragraphs of narrative – the sparse writing made me slow down and bask in the intensity.
Definitely VoiceOfDoomAndGloom approved!
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