|The Twelfth Card, by Jeffery Deaver.
||[Sep. 24th, 2006|08:53 pm]
First Paragraph Book Recommendations
(this is actually the first few paragraphs, because the first one isn't long at all).|
His face wet with sweat and with tears, the man runs for freedom, he runs for his life.
"There! There he goes!"
The former slave does not know exactly where the voice comes from. Behind him? To the right or left? From atop one of the decrepit tenements lining the filthy cobblestoned streets here?
Amid July air hot and thick as liquid paraffin, the lean man leaps over a pile of horse dung. The street sweepers don't come here, to this part of the city. Charles Singleton pauses beside a pallet stacked high with barrels, trying to catch his breath.
A crack of a pistol. The bullet goes wide. The sharp report of the gun takes him back instantly to the war: the impossible, mad hours as he stodd his ground in a dusty blue uniform, steadying a heavy musket, facing men wearing dusty gray, aiming their own weapons his way.