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December 18, 2017
A monthly look at some of the best opening lines from titles by BookLife authors

We end 2017 with death, life, murder, and a strange interview that took place on the toilet. To submit a first line, email

No One Ran to the Altar by Don Trowden

“One son walked out the door never to return as another son walked in.”

Deconstructing Jack by Simon Daryl Wood

“It was in the mid-1970s that I first took an interest in serial killing.”

Kierkegaard Between Traffic & Travel by Christopher Allen

“Samuel sat on the toilet and began to interview himself.”

The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty by Richard Schwartz

“I met M.B. Curtis quite by accident in 1996. Curtis had been dead since 1920, but that didn’t seem to matter at all.”

Angel War by Philip Dodd

“There was always life and life always wanted to live.”

Tears of God by Steven F. Freeman

“Cutter Wilson had to die.”