Monday, January 11, 2021

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

 It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 

. . . First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros . . . now hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews, where bloggers share excerpts from a book they have read, are currently reading, or are planning to read.

Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard. The excerpt shared is from a hardcover version borrowed from the library.

First Chapter:   Jim was on patrol. Head up, eyes scanning, thumbs hooked into his belt. The heft of the items clipped to it--his phone, a walkie-talkie, a sizeable flashlight--pushed the leather down toward his hips, and the weight of them forced him to stride rather than walk. He liked that. When he got home at the end of the day and had to take off the belt, he missed the feel of it.

The store had only opened thirty minutes ago and the staff still outnumbered the customers. Jim circled the Home section, then cut through Womenswear to Grocery. There was at least some activity there. You could count on a handful of suited twenty-something males to come darting around the aisles round about now, eyes scanning for the carton of oat milk or prepacked superfood salad they were after, as if they were on some sort of team-building task.

What do you think?  Would you continue reading? 

The opening paragraphs aren't particularly revealing, but this is an author I have wanted to read for a while now, and I'm anticipating a good story.


This First Chapter~First Paragraph post was originally composed and/or compiled by Catherine for the Book Club Librarian blog.  It cannot be republished without attribution.   


  1. I have heard good things about this one. Thanks for sharing.

  2. It does sound like it's building up to something good, although it's not revealing - and I like that!

    Here's my Teaser Tuesday.

    Happy 2021!

  3. Definitely curious from this intro. Hope you enjoy it.

  4. I've never heard of this book that I can remember. I'd keep reading.

  5. Oh oh, is something going to happen at the store? Well I would keep reading to find out that's for sure. Hope you enjoy this!

  6. Yes, I would keep reading. The intro grabbed me right away.

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