I don't mean all that stuff about a compelling story and vivid characters and giving your protagonist an obstacle to overcome. I mean the bits of verbal champagne that make you want to tell your friends or put up a blog post.
The prologue of John Lawton's A Little White Death
, third of his Frederick Troy novels, offers at least two. The first is in the book's very first paragraph:
"She knew revolutionaries. Short men, serious men, men who marked their seriousness physically by being bald or mustachioed or both."
The second follows some amusing byplay between two characters, one of whom is a physician come to the United States to treat John F. Kennedy for Addison's disease who hooks up with his fellow Brit just before leaving the U.S. Here are the lines with which the physician ends the prologue:
"`Fine. I understand. Now why don't you hop in a cab. We can have one last drinkie before I dash to Idlewild.'"
(Read about John Lawton's Second Violi
© Peter Rozovsky 2010
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