Pest is (usually) prologue
McKinty's is full of menace, deadpan wit and suspense. Here's how McGilloway's opens:
"The last time I saw Leon Bradley with a gun in his hand ... "McGilloway wastes no time obeying Raymond Chandler's dictum, and it gets better. There's a nice twist and a violent climax, but the little story breaks off just before its dénouement, leaving matters to be resolved in the novel that follows.
Why mention these two fine examples? Because I'm usually wary of prologues, suspicious that they're lazy shortcuts for authors who don't know how to begin and so begin with the end. How do you feel about prologues? If you don't like them, why not? If you do, what makes a prologue effective? Feel free to cite some good ones.
© Peter Rozovsky 2010