Getting Hooked: Fiction's Opening Sentences Review

Getting Hooked: Fiction's Opening Sentences 1950s-1990s
Ed., Sharon Rendell-Smock
89 pp. ISBN 0-965-4981-0-7
Paperback, 1996, $7.95 U.S.

"We were about to give up and call it a night when somebody dropped the girl off the bridge."

--John D. MacDonald, Darker Than Amber, 1996.

Ever wonder how other people came up with that killer first line for their novel? This interesting little gem, edited by Florida author and journalist Sharon Rendell-Smock, takes a look at the best opening lines from novels from the 1950s to the 1990s, along with trends and world events that were happening at the time the novel was published.

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