Sunday, January 31, 2010


Compelling opening, sure. A zingy one liner: From Lee Child's Without Fail: They found out about him in July and stayed angry all through August.

Who's he? Who's they?

The experts at writing novels, who don't seem to be writing novels themselves, say avoid weather openings like, well, the plague (also avoid cliches), but Robert Crais didn't listen and so his readers are treated with this hypnotic sentence from Sunset Express: The sky above the San Fernando Valley that Saturday morning was a deep blue, washed clean of the dirt and chemical particulates that typically color L.A. air by a breeze that burbled out of the San Gabriel Mountains and over the flat valley floor and across the high ridge of the Santa Monica Mountains.

Makes you want to settle in for a fabulous adventure.