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‘The Cabinetmaker’ by Alan Jones

(Sunday April 30th 1978 4pm)

I took to Francis Hare from the first time I met him. He had a dignity and inner strength about him, and despite the circumstances of our first meeting, there was a warmth that showed through at unexpected moments, when you got to know him.

We met in Partick police station, not long after his only son had been brutally beaten and left bleeding to death in the street…

I deliberately took my lines from the first chapter of the book, rather than from the preceeding prologue pages.

Personally, I would consciously avoid a prologue page if I was perusing the book in a store, as I often find that such excerpts contain too may spoilers for my liking. Are you a prologue reader, or not?

If those first few lines aren’t quite enough for you, you can find out more about both book and author, whilst you check out the excellent, unique and headline grabbing guest post that Alan and his friends put together here


A picture button for book beginnings at Rose City ReaderWould the first few lines of your book make you want to read on?

If so, would you like to share them with us, (without revealing too many spoilers of course) ?

Click here and visit your host, Gilion @ Rose City Reader

You can then leave a link to your own book beginnings post, or just browse for some great reads, there are always plenty of new authors and titles to be discovered.

Don’t forget that Gilion and all the other contributors to this meme love to hear from you, so why not leave a comment or two at the same time?

I can’t wait to do a little blog hopping myself and check out all the great Book Beginnings you have!


As this was an author review request, I received a complimentary Kindle download copy of the book directly from Alan Jones.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.


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