The first sentence of a newspaper story is called the lead. Journalists have been known to obsess about crafting a clever offering until they drown in a pot of coffee or Diet Coke, depending.
In books, I use the first sentence as a gauge. If it’s good enough, I’m all in.
JR sent me William Boyd’s “The New Confessions” to read, with his highest praise.
“My first act on entering this world was to kill my mother.”
So there you go.