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‘The Big Bad Wolf’ by James Patterson

“There was an improbable murder story told about the Wolf that had made its way into police lore, and then spread quickly from Washington to New York to London and to Moscow. No one knew if it was true, but it was never officially disproved, and it was consistent with other outrageous incidents in the Russian gangster’s life.

According to the story, the Wolf had gone to the high-security supermax prison in Florence, Colorado, on a Sunday night in early summer. He had bought his way inside to meet with the Italian mobster and don, Augustino ‘Little Gus’ Palumbo. Prior to this visit, the Wolf had a reputation for being impulsive and sometimes lacking patience. Even so, he had been steadily planning this meeting with ‘Little Gus’ Palumbo for nearly two years..”

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6 comments
  • I’m not a particular fan of Patterson, but I do know what you mean about the power of first lines. I picked up a book by a YA author last night whose works I hadn’t read for some time and within moments I was not only captivated by the subject but also wrapped round by the remembrance of all the other books I’d read by her because her voice is so powerful and it came through immediately in those opening lines.

  • Hi Laurel-Rain Snow,

    I am getting towards the end of the book now, so far it has been full of suspense and action, I just hope that the ending doesn’t spoil it.

  • Hello Annie,

    I know exactly what you mean. After the synopsis, you need those first few lines to really captivate your interest in the unfolding storyline. However, there is a fine balance about how much to reveal and I often feel that too much can be set out in some synopses, that takes away much of the intrigue.

  • It’s been ages since I last read a Patterson book. I do remember he kept me up many nights as I raced to see what would happen next.

    First lines really can set the tone for a book, can’t they? I find that last lines can be quite important too.

  • Hi Literary Feline,

    I used to read Patterson books quite regularly, a few years ago, but this is the first I have read in ages. I have to say that so far it is living up to expectations, action packed and full of suspense.

    As you say, last lines can also be quite important, as all too often it seems as though the author has run out of time or ideas for an ending and just leaves the story mid-way, with no real conclusion. Very frustrating, so let’s hope that Patterson has a great ending in store for ‘The Big Bad Wolf’!

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