Sunday is when we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™. How about the Chet and Bernie novel A Fistful of Collars? It’s one of my few novels where Hollywood is a factor. The only others I can think of are Revolution #9 – where a character appears on Jeopardy – and Oblivion, where a TV movie is made of the case that made Nick Petrov, a PI and the main character, famous. Armand Assante was cast as Nick. (There’s fun to be had in the little corners of this business.) Here’s the beginning of A Fistful of Collars:

“Heard you drove another one off a cliff,” said Nixon Panero. He spat a thin brown stream of chewing tobacco into an empty paint can, or maybe not that empty. Yellow paint, the yellow of egg yolks, now with a brown swirl in the middle: there’s all kinds of beauty in life.

“You heard wrong,” said Bernie.


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4 Responses to “Beginnings”

  1. B. Stover
    10:51 am on May 7th, 2023

    Good day to all.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    6:50 pm on May 7th, 2023

    Yeep! My post from earlier today did not show up on the blog :^o

  3. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:44 pm on May 7th, 2023

    Bad!…Weather 2 times today~…Yark!…My friend had to cover the tomatoes early in the afternoon and then again later in the afternoon when there was a lot of Hail!…grump!…I can only type for myself but I am entirely sick of living here…gurgle!sniff!

  4. mlaiuppa
    12:45 am on May 8th, 2023

    Today was Mayday for Mutts. Have you kissed yours on the lips?

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