Tuesday, May 18, 2021

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros - Cold Caller; Jason Starr

 

Welcome to First Chapter/Intros, now hosted by Yvonne @ Socrates Book Reviews
Each week readers post the first paragraph (or 2) of a book they are reading or plan to read soon.

 
                                                                     Cold Caller; Jason Starr
                                                                        WW Norton - 1998

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"ON MOST DAYS, I wouldn't have said anything.  Like the typical New Yorker, I'd have given her a couple of dirty looks, maybe grunted a little, and minded my own business.  But that morning was different. Maybe things were already building up in my life, pushing me to the brink.  Or maybe I was just having a bad day. I'd have a fight with my girlfriend the night before and she'd left for work that morning without saying goodbye."

I plan on starting this one today, it was mentioned as one of the great murder mysteries in Peter Swanson's book, Eight Perfect Murders.  What do you think - read more or pass?

22 comments:

  1. I love the sound of this one...and that freaky cover! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

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    1. It starts off very addictive - the guy is one to hate but, a story you can't resist to see where it's headed.

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  2. I'd give it a go for sure...and I can relate to the opening line as a native New Yorker. Hope you like it.

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    1. Catherine - the protagonist is an arrogant, sociopath it seems.

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  3. That sounds good to me too.

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    1. Brian, it's started off so well, I'm really curious where it will end up.

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  4. Just the cover scares the fire out of me! I miss so many good books because I'm such a scaredy-cat.

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    1. Deb, I tend to avoid horror which I never used to but I do love an addictive thriller.

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  5. It does make one wonder what it is that is going on in his life and want to find out more. So, read more for sure.

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    1. Dorothy, I'm addicted to the protagonist, a sociopath with a girlfriend (poor thing). I started it this morning and it's quite addictive.

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  6. I might give this one a try. The opening paragraph has me curious!

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    1. Les, it's just over 200 pp and it's difficult to put down. The story is slightly dated 1998 (at least technology-wise) but the protagonist Bill Moss is quite the sociopath. Can't wait to see what else will happen here.

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  7. I love when a book is mentioned on another book. Very meta!

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  8. No doubt...I'd definitely read more. These few lines made me really curious to see what happens after the guy blows up.

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    1. Sam, I started this today and am 1/2 through; it is not real long book just over 200pp. I immediately thought that this would be one you'd enjoy perhaps. This guy is a piece of work (think sociopath weirdo)and although the writing isn't anything great, it's hard to stop reading.

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    2. Thanks for the recommendation. I'll take a closer look.

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  9. The opening does grab your attention. So does the cover! I would definitely give it a try.

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  10. I would definitely want to know more.

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  11. I would have probably passed this one up just based off the cover but the beginning does have me wanting to know more.

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  12. I've often looked for books mentioned in other books. I love that. I think I would give this one a try.

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