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Near Enemy by Adam Sternbergh

From the author of the critically acclaimed Shovel Ready comes another lean, riveting, genre-defying thriller featuring his one-of-a-kind anti-hero Spademan.

Near Enemy by Adam Sternbergh

Near Enemy

Adam Sternbergh
  • Imprint: Crown Publishers
  • On sale: January 13, 2015
  • Price: $24
  • Pages: 320
  • ISBN: 9780385349024
Contact: Sarah Breivogel


Select Praise for NEAR ENEMY:

“Compelling . . . intellectually beguiling . . . The fight scenes in Near Enemy blend the operatic elegance of Bruce Lee in flight with comic book–inspired mayhem. . . . Popular fiction that engages one’s heart, mind, and adrenaline the way the Spademan novels do is something to be savored.” —Booklist (starred review)

“[A] solid sequel…Sternbergh laces his second cyberpunk voyage with dark humor and eccentric characters.” —Publishers Weekly

“[The] action is played out in a postmodern and corrupt world of toxicity, both literal and metaphorical. . . . Other characters return from the first novel and provide a hint of nostalgia and sweetness missing from the dark and mean streets of New York.” —Kirkus


Adam Sternbergh’s debut novel, Shovel Ready, introduced readers to Spademan, a garbageman turned hit man who’s handy with a box cutter and flexible with his ethics. The book, set in a futuristic, dystopian New York, received tremendous praise from literary greats such as Lauren Beukes, Roger Hobbs, and Megan Abbott; glowing reviews from the likes of Entertainment Weekly, TIME, New York, and GQ; and is currently being developed by Warner Bros. for a film starring Denzel Washington.

Sternbergh’s dynamic follow-up, NEAR ENEMY (Crown, January 13, 2015), returns to Spademan’s flawed New York a year after Shovel Ready, where his kill-for-hire anti-hero’s latest mission requires him to track down a skeevy, low-life “bed-hopper” named Lesser, a man notorious for bouncing around the limnosphere (a sophisticated virtual reality where any and all fantasies can be made real) and peeping in on people’s dreams. But when Lesser comes back from a dream claiming that terrorists have found a way to infiltrate the limn from within New York, hijacking the luxury virtual escape from the inside, Spademan’s task becomes much greater. He follows a winding trail that brings him up against more enemies than ever before, and he struggles to determine who can ultimately be trusted. From a shady political fixer named Boonce to a brilliant Egyptian radical to a mysterious woman known only as Nurse, Spademan must rely on his instinctsand his box cutterto stay one step ahead of the chaos in an attempt to save his ravaged city from total destruction.

In his signature pared-down style, with a bold, gritty vision of a bombed-out New York City that launched him into the crime fiction pantheon, Adam Sternbergh’s NEAR ENEMY is a dynamite follow-up to a beloved debut.


Adam Sternbergh is a contributing editor for New York magazine and Vulture. Formerly culture editor of The New York Times Magazine, his writing has appeared in GQ and the Times of London and on This American Life. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.

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