Sorry to be so incommunicado. Both busy with work. It never ends.
Anyway, thought I'd stop by and post this link to an article about first lines-- authors tell their favorite first lines from other writers' books. http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/07/this-did-something-powerful-to-me-authors-favorite-first-lines-of-books/278085/
What do you say? What's the best first line you can remember, and why did it work for you?
And would you say we're too obsessed with first lines? I'm just asking because so many of us just agonize about the first line. I always find the last line the hardest to write. "And then they walked hand-in-hand into the sunset." No matter what, all my last lines kind of sound like that-- treacly, trying too hard to resolve.