Friday, March 18, 2016

Book Beginnings: Ask the Right Question

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.


  1. I love the sound of that character, too; readers are my favorite "people." Thanks for that vintage cover, too. How did my early life become "vintage"? LOL.

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  2. Now that character has his priorities straight :)

  3. Looks like a fun book! I hope you're enjoying your week. Here's mine: Friday

  4. Hi Joy,

    I have never come across this author before and I was reading murder mysteries avidly, back in the 1970s, when this book was first published - I can't believe I missed his writing.

    If your opening lines weren't enough to have me hooked, which they are, the fact that the author now lives in Bath, UK, is enough to have me adding his books to my future reading list. I only live about 12 miles from the beautiful City of Bath and on his website Micheal talks fondly about the independent bookshops to be found in the City, which he frequents and which I know so well :)

    Thanks for sharing, I am so pleased that I stopped by. Have a fantastic weekend :)


  5. LOL on that decision.

    I would stay in the living room. :)

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