RARA-AVIS: First lines from Stark's Parker books

From: William Denton ( buff@pobox.com)
Date: 02 Jun 2002

These are all the first lines from the Parker books by Stark. All but one opens with the word "when." You folks with the rest, can you check the others? I wondered why 11 is different, but maybe some others are too.

Of these, I think my favourites are 1, 5, 18 and 20.


#1 HUNTER: "When a fresh-faced guy in a Chevy offered him a lift, Parker told him to go to hell."

#2 THE MAN WITH THE GETAWAY FACE: "When the bandages came off, Parker looked in the mirror at a stranger."

#3 THE OUTFIT: "When the woman screamed, Parker awoke and rolled off the bed."

#4 THE MOURNER "When the guy with the asthma finally came in from the fire escape, Parker rabbit-punched him and took his gun away."

#5 THE SCORE "When the bellboy left, Parker went over to the house phone and made his call."

#7 THE HANDLE "When the engine stopped, Parker came up on deck for a look around."

#11 THE BLACK ICE SCORE "Parker walked into his hotel room, and there was a guy in there going through his suitcase laid out on his bed."

#17 COMEBACK "When the angel opened the door, Parker stepped first past the threshold into the darkness of the cinder block corridor beneath the stage."

#18 BACKFLASH "When the car stopped rolling, Parker kicked out the rest of the windshield and crawled through onto the wrinkled hood, Glock first."

#19 FLASHFIRE "When the dashboard clock read 2:40, Parker drove out of the drugstore parking lot and across the sunlit road to the convenience store/gas station."

#20 FIREBREAK "When the phone rang, Parker was in the garage, killing a man."

William Denton : Toronto, Canada : http://www.miskatonic.org/ : Caveat lector.

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