Friday, 27 September 2013
Robert B. Parker's Damned if You Do by Michael Brandman
Next paragraph is a weather report. Weather hooks only idiots...and birds.
His cell phone rang, and he reached over and picked it up.
"We've got a body Jesse. Surf and Sand motel. It's bad"
We've got a body and a crime, though for a mystery/crime novel that is not novel, but at least this is all on the very first page. I like this technique. There are many mystery novels that begin at the crime scene. As soon as page two, we get a description of the crime scene, but it doesn't seem as bad to me as it did to whoever said: It's bad. I guess I'm just jaded when it comes to fictional crimes.
The first line fails to deliver anything of importance, but the writer quickly comes to a murder that is the stuff crime novels are made of.
Verdict: Pass (barely)