A great first line can be the difference between choosing to read a book or put it back on the shelf. The Rogues share their favorite first lines from beloved books. See if you can match the line with the book cover. Then tell us your favorite first line.
“It is cold at 6:40 in the morning of a March day in Paris, and seems even colder when a man is about to be executed by firing squad.”
“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”
“It was a hell of a night to throw away a baby.”
“James Bond, with two double Bourbons inside him, sat in the final departure lounge of Miami airport and thought about life and death.”
“In the year of our lord, 1355, three days after the Feast of the Epiphany, God put in my mind that I must write a book.”
“Mr. Sherlock Holmes, who was usually very late in the morning, save for those not infrequent occasions when he was out all night, was seated at the breakfast table.”
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”