The 10 books you need to read this spring: Shovel Ready


Featuring a garbageman-turned-hit man trying to survive in a crumbling and contaminated post-nuclear New York,Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh is both a dark throwback to the hard-boiled detective stories and an unsettling look at what we may be facing in the future -- making it a must-read for fans of many genres. It's already set to become a film starring Denzel Washington, so pick it up now to get ahead of the pop culture game.

Listen to Adam Sternberg talk about Shovel Ready on Q:

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An excerpt from Shovel Ready:

I should have remembered.

Bitch cut my face.

First rule of the runaway. Always carry a blade.

And don't be bashful about using it.

She definitely wasn't bashful.

Which is when I wonder if maybe I've been underestimating this Persephone.

My Persephone.

Interesting girl.

And still has some claw in her yet.

Reprinted from Shovel Ready Copyright (c) 2014 by Adam Sternbergh. Published by Crown Trade Group, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.

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