In my review of MysteryPeople Pick Of The Month, David Joy’s Where All Light Tends To Go, I mentioned how well the first chapter sets up the book. Author David Joy was kind enough to share the passage on his site with some other writers. It’s a great way to get introduced to an author people will be talking about.
“I hid the pickup behind a tangled row of pampas grass that had needed burning a good year or so before. The law never liked for folks to climb the water tower, but I hadn’t ever cared much for the law. I was a McNeely and, in this part of Appalachia, that meant something. Outlawing was just as much a matter of blood as hair color and height. Besides, the water tower was the best place to see graduation caps thrown high when seniors wearing black robes and tearful smiles headed out of Walter Middleton School one last time.”