I've fallen in love with the first line. But like an unfaithful lover, I'm flitting from book to book, creating a list of my *all*time*favorites. I thought I'd give you a few of my favorites, and hope that you will respond with your favorites.
"The morning air off the Mojave in late winter is as clean and crisp as you'll ever breathe in Los Angeles County." Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly.
"Renowned curator Jacques Sauniere staggered through the vaulted archway of the museum's Grand Gallery." The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown.
"Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much." Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling.
"It was Father Martin's idea that I should write an account of how I found the body." Death in Holy Orders by P.D. James.
"Lyra and her daemon moved through the darkening hall, taking car to keep to one side, out of sight of the kitchen." The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.
"The scream that pierced the dull yellow November sky was preternaturally high-pitched." In the Shadow of Gotham by Stefanie Pintoff.
"Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, "and what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversations?" - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.
Why these first lines? No reason, except I've read each of these books at least three times and cannot figure out why. Do you think the first line set a hook that can never be removed?
What are some of your favorite first lines? What makes a first line compelling for you?