Often called the “Dickens of Detroit”, Elmore Leonard wrote an incredible forty-five novels in a career spanning nearly sixty years. In 2010, he also wrote his Ten Rules for Writing, the first of which was “Never open a book with weather.” So what did he open his novels with? To see for yourself, check out nineteen awesome opening lines guaranteed to make you want to read his work right now.
“At first I wasn’t sure at all where to begin.”—Hombre (1961)
“They were watching Ryan beat up the Mexican crew leader on 16mm Commercial Ektachrome.”—The Big Bounce (1969)