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“The Rhodesian smuggler pawed at the blade sticking out of his back.” – Pitch Dark by Steven Sidor
“Julie Lippman woke up early the day her boyfriend died.” – Hell & Gone by Duane Swierczynski
“I’d just flicked a spider off the desk, sighed and prepared to rise when the shadow of someone’s head and shoulders appeared on the floor like the edge of a jigsaw piece.” – Novahead by Steve Aylett
“It always goes down hard when a dead guy takes his first swing at me.” – Black Light by Melton, Dunstan & Romano
“Do the things you’ve done in the past add up to the person you are now?” – Choke Hold by Christa Faust
“This is Detroit, so welcome to the jungle.” – In Nine Kinds of Pain by Leonard Fritz
“When I drove over to the night club, Leonard was sitting on the curb holding a bloody rag to his head.” – Hyenas by Joe R. Lansdale
“My apocalypse began without the fanfare you might expect.” – The Bastard Hand by Heath Lowrance
“They come in the abandoned hour of the night, moving through quiet arterial streets, empty intersections, past gated storefronts and darkened windows, homeless men curled into bus stop shelters, prostitutes walking the desolate concrete stretches.” – Untouchable by Scott O’Connor
“And I wake, gasping and flailing at the hooded shapes that recede swiftly with my sleep, the report of the gunshot ricocheting off my skull and out into the great hall of the Reading Room.” – The Dewey Decimal System by Nathan Larson