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You Do Beginnings!

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June 9th, 2019 Posted 5:47 am

On Sundays we do beginnings – the first few lines of any novel written by Peter Abrahams, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker (love that word!). How about this Sunday – you do beginnings? Anyone have a favorite? Just a line or two, or merely say the name of the book? But no pressure!

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Beginnings

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February 10th, 2019 Posted 7:30 am

On Sunday we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Peter Abrahams novels, including those written under the Spencer Quinn pen name. Here, from 1994, LIGHTS OUT (first of what might be called the prison novels – the others are END OF STORY and DELUSION. Also probably the second-most Bahamian of the Abrahams novels, after PRESSURE DROP. And an Edgar Award best novel finalist).

[“Consistently interesting and suspenseful, his thriller’s shocking outcome is revealed only on the very last page.”– Publishers Weekly]

Man is the word. You can’t stop hearing it when you’re inside.

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Beginnings

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January 27th, 2019 Posted 8:19 am

On Sunday we’ve been doing beginnings – taking a look at the beginnings of all Peter Abrahams novels, including those written under the Spencer Quinn pen name. Today, from 1989 (but now digitally republished by the nice folks at Open Road) PRESSURE DROP. On the next book tour ask me about my crazy Bahamian diving experiences way back when. I’d love to go on and on about them.

[“Technologically aided conception, baby stealing, inexplicable marine accidents and the activities of a wealthy, mysterious family are among the intriguing elements Abrahams expertly brings together in this gripping tale. Abrahams sets his scenes with evocative details, using cynical wit to describe the harried lives of Manhattanites, then switching tone to convey the darkly sensual, threatening atmosphere of the Zombie Bay Club.”
– Publishers Weekly]

The blue hole isn’t blue. It is gray, even under a clear sky; just a quiet pond in the woods. Any of the village boys could skip a stone across it, but they never do. They don’t go near the blue hole because a monster lives at the bottom. The fisherman even claims he has seen it; the fisherman who drinks a bottle of rum a day.

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Beginnings: A Repeat

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July 15th, 2018 Posted 7:38 am

On Sunday we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Chet and Bernie’s (as part of Chetspeak) – and now taking on all the Peter Abrahams novels in chronological order. Today a repeat, on account of this week’s smart and courageous Thai cave rescue. PRESSURE DROP, my fifth book, has some blue hole/cave diving scenes, and although the equipment was somewhat different then (1989) the feeling is the same. On the next book tour ask me about my crazy Bahamian diving experiences way back when. I’d love to go on and on about them.

[“TECHNOLOGICALLY AIDED CONCEPTION, BABY STEALING, INEXPLICABLE MARINE ACCIDENTS and the activities of a wealthy, mysterious family are among the intriguing elements Abrahams expertly brings together in this gripping tale. Abrahams sets his scenes with evocative details, using cynical wit to describe the harried lives of Manhattanites, then switching tone to convey the darkly sensual, threatening atmosphere of the Zombie Bay Club.”
– Publishers Weekly]

The blue hole isn’t blue. It is gray, even under a clear sky; just a quiet pond in the woods. Any of the village boys could skip a stone across it, but they never do. They don’t go near the blue hole because a monster lives at the bottom. The fisherman even claims he has seen it; the fisherman who drinks a bottle of rum a day.

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