Over at MeFi, I found a database of “Opening Hooks”, those first sentences of novels that grab you and keep you reading. I’ve been skimming these things all night but none grabbed me quite like this one:

“Where you’re supposed to be is some big West Hills wedding reception in a big manor house with flower arrangements and stuffed mushrooms all over the house. This is called scene setting: where everybody is, who’s alive, who’s dead. This is Evie Cotrell’s big wedding reception moment. Evie is standing halfway down the staircase in the manor house foyer, naked inside what’s left of her wedding dress, still holding her rifle. ”

Now that’s a hook! I may just have to read this book.