All Posts By Michael Kahn

The Art of the Literary Pick-up Line: “Hey, call me, Ishmael”

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250px-Francisco_de_Goya_y_Lucientes_-_Gaspar_Melchor_de_Jovellanos[1]For an author, the opening line of a novel is the literary equivalent of the snappy pick-up line in a singles bar. Indeed, some of our greatest novelists are also some of our greatest pick-up artists.

My latest post at the Poisoned Pen Press blog is on the great opening lines of literature.

I end it with a challenge to identify five great crime novels from just their magical first sentences. See how you do. And then let me know of your favorite openers.

Dead Lawyers, Pet Cemeteries, and First Novels

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The two questions readers most frequently ask me are:

1.  Why are so many legal thrillers written by trial lawyers?

2.  How do you come up with the crazy ideas for your novels?

I try to answer both questions in a recent piece I wrote for the blog on Poisoned Pen Press, which will be publishing my next Rachel Gold novel, The Flinch Factor, this coming Spring.

Here’s that post, entitled The Joys of Gravedigging.