I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
In Adam Sternbergh’s Near Enemy the sequel to Shovel Ready (review of which can be read here), Spademan’s back and he’s meant to kill a guy named Lesser…until he winds up investigating him instead. With Persephone and her daughter safely tucked away in a rural home outside of New York, Spademan becomes entangled in a plot of an exploding burka-clad woman killing people in the limn. His involvement began with a call to kill Lesser and becomes even more complicated when he doesn’t kill Lesser and begins to investigate and play a part in the political game surrounding the burka-clad woman killing higher profile people in the limn…and real life.
In keeping in the same tone with Shovel Ready, Near Enemy is well written and quick-paced (read in a matter of about 3 hours) as it maintains the non-traditional dialogue without quotation marks and attributions that reads as quite direct to go along with Spademan’s personality. This consistency in writing was one of the great strengths of this book. The plot of this story was interesting and rather timely with the inherent fear of anything “other,” which definitely makes it a book of our time. This book continued the thread of Spademan’s wife’s demise and the downfall of New York City, making it far clearer than Shovel Ready did.
Overall, I’d give it a 4 out of 5 stars.