Friday, September 18, 2020

Opening paragraphs................

 A rooftop billboard cast a flickering blue light through the studio windows.  The light ricocheted off glass and stainless steel: an empty crystal bud vase rimed with dust, a pencil sharpener, a microwave oven, peanut butter jars filled with drawing pencils, paintbrushes and crayons.  An ashtray full of pennies and paper clips.  Jars of poster paint.  Knives.                                                                                                             A stereo was dimly visible as a collection of rectangular silhouettes on the window ledge.  A digital clock punched red electronic minutes into silence.                                                                                                                    The maddog waited in the dark.        

-John Sandford, Rules of Prey, the first of many Lucas Davenport novels

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