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Subject: Good Beginnings (First Paragraphs)
Date Posted: 1/29/2009 3:11 PM ET
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The first of the Chamsbury blowings-up took place one warm, still night in early summer. It made the most godawful bang that had been heard in the town since a bewildered German pilot mistood the Parish Church for Lincoln Cathedral during a Baedecker raid and capped this undeserved compliment by dropping a bomb on the Food Office, a building of even less architectural merit.

Colin Watson, Bump in the Night

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 5:32 PM ET
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Everybody lies.  Cops lie.  Lawyers lie.  Witnesses lie.  The victims lie.

The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly

(and, I'm thoroughly enjoying it!)

Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 1/29/2009 7:08 PM ET
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True! – nervous – very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses – not destroyed – not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily – how calmly I can tell you the whole story

Edgar Allan Poe - A Tell Tale Heart

This opening  caught me and sucked me in. Poe has a talent for that. With reading A Poe's Shadow it is making me go back and read some of my favorite Poe stories.

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 10:54 PM ET
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I think Poe is too spooky for me now although I read him in my early teens :)  Yes, I am .... nervous ;-)

Date Posted: 2/19/2009 12:34 PM ET
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The motel room had all the ambience of a laundry hamper, but as Mitchell Street lay back on the bed, he realized that he was feeling as good as he had for past twenty-five years.  And if things worked out, he was going to feel even better.  He unclipped the holster from his belt.  Not that he was going to need it.  But the gun reminded him that he could change his mind at any moment, drive into town, and just shoot the sonofabitch.  That possibility alone made him smile.  Something he hadn't done in a very long time.

The Red Power Murders by Thomas King, writing as Hartley GoodWeather

Dedication: For my good buddy Carol Millerfeather, 'cause there ain't no pleasure but meanness.

 

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 9:16 AM ET
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"To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband's dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching upon the floor."

Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn

(Plan to finish this book over the weekend!)

Date Posted: 2/20/2009 9:20 AM ET
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Deborah, I read the second in that series and enjoyed it but never read the first.  Great beginning :)

Date Posted: 2/22/2009 10:38 PM ET
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Ack! Diana!! How can you read series out of order?? (bangs head on desktop) :-D

Okay, my first paragraph....it's not much of one, but it's handy. :)

Facts are not truth. Listen carefully, this is important.

Trigger City by Sean Chercover  (my current read)

Cheryl

Date Posted: 2/23/2009 12:51 PM ET
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Diana-

You should read the first one as well!  It was really good.  I have the second one, and I know the third will be published in the next two weeks.  I like the series, and will probably keep reading along....

 

Deb