Ask the Right Question, by Michael Z. Lewin -- the first book in his Albert Samson series (first published 1972). This is the book's first paragraph:
I had a big decision after lunch. Whether to read in the office or to stay in my living room and read.Initial Thoughts:
Well, how could I resist this one? A private eye who likes to read. Or maybe he's just reading because he doesn't have any clients. But at least he's not heading for the track or a bar. So...certainly a nonconformist. I also like the first-person narration -- he sounds a little like a nerdy Sam Spade. Definitely my kinda guy.
I'm thinking of reading this one for the Vintage Mystery Cover Challenge. Would that opening inspire you to keep reading?
Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays. As she says, the idea is to post the first sentence (or so) of the book you're currently reading, along with any first impressions or thoughts you have about the book, the author, etc. It's a wonderful way to add new books to your must-read list, and a chance to connect with other readers and bloggers.