Saturday, August 30, 2008

Out of the gate

Some authors like to gently lead their readers into the story, while others prefer to grab you by the lapels from the first word. Here are some thumping first-liners from our newest novels:
"It's hard to know how to feel when your best friend blows out a man's stomach with a shotgun" - In the Light of You by Nathan Singer.
"His name was Paul Lewis and he didn't know he had seven minutes to live" - Severance Package by Duane Swierczynski.
"Hans Walther Kleinman, one of the great theoretical physicists of our time, was drowning in his bathtub" - Final Theory by Mark Alpert.
"Dag was riding up the lane thinking only of the chances of a Bluefield farm lunch, and his likelihood of needing a nap afterwards, when the arrow hissed past his face" - The Sharing Knife: passage by Lois McMaster Bujold.
"A scrap of yellow crime scene tape bobbed in the rising tide of Boston Harbor where the brutalized body of Deirdre McCarthy had washed ashore" - The Angel by Carla Neggers.
"Hope seemed an odd emotion for a man about to be executed, but that was the only name Cayal could give the thrill welling up inside him as they led him up the steps of the platform" - The Immortal Prince: the Tide Lords book one by Jennifer Fallon.
So before you crack the binding on some of these fast-paced novels, take a deep breath, because there's no time for dawdling.

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