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

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 05 May 2000

Crumley's line, my favorite hb opening line, is so good it deserves to be quoted:

"When I finally caught up with Abraham Trahearne, he was drinking beer with an alcoholic bulldog named Fireball Roberts in a ramshackle joint just outside of Sonoma, California, drinking the heart right out of a fine spring afternoon." (Crumley, LAST GOOD KISS).

And, just for the heck of it, my favorite closing line in a hb piece, from Ross Macdonald's "Midnight Blue":

"All us poor creatures, as the old man of the mountain had said that morning."


--- Mark Sullivan <> wrote:
> 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?

===== Doug Bassett

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