Re: RARA-AVIS: Opening lines (was Ross Thomas)

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 04 May 2000

BobT asked:

"Anybody out there have favorite opening lines in hardboiled fiction?"

I agree with you about Red Wind and Chinaman's Chance. Another of my favorites is the opening line of Crumley's Last Good Kiss. How can you go wrong with an alcoholic bulldog?

And peaking of Chinaman's Chance, I always felt that Chinese Gordon in Thomas Perry's Metzger's Dog was some sort of homage to it. After all, Perry's book is very much in a Thomas mode.


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