"That line belongs in a crime novel"
"`It is raining on the city.' The streetlights have been on for two hours, lighting up the closed shutters and doors of silent facades. The city is still and secluded, cunning, hostile, and frightened...
"This was a calm day, a sad autumn day..."That would be a good opening for a crime story, maybe a novel by Simenon or something out of Northern Ireland, or for a piece of urban post-apocalyptic fantasy. But it's neither. What it is is the opening of the Algerian writer Mouloud Feraoun's journal of the French-Algerian war. As if that opening is not ominous enough, Feraoun was murdered by the OAS three days before the cease-fire decreed by the French government under the accord that ended the war.
What kind of a story would you expect from a crime novel that began the way Feraoun began his journal? What passages have you read outside of crime writing that would make good openings or descriptions in a crime novel?
© Peter Rozovsky 2013