by Marcus Sakey
This is a big week for the Outfit, with two novels hitting the stores: my debut THE BLADE ITSELF and Sean Chercover's debut BIG CITY, BAD BLOOD. Sean and I tossed around all sorts of ways to celebrate, but decided that while it might be fun to watch our wives kick stripper ass, it introduced liability issues. And Cristal is too expensive for something that doesn't taste even a little like Guinness.
So we decided to have a contest instead.
Everybody knows how important the first line of a novel is. But nobody talks about the importance of the last line.
We want to see your best hypothetical ending. Can you come up with a line so compelling, funny, or intense that it leaves people desperate to read everything that came before? Prove it, and you'll take home not only signed hardcovers of both my book and Sean's, but also signed novels from every member of the Outfit -- seven signed books in all.
More important, you'll take home bragging rights.
So give it your best shot! The contest runs all week. To qualify, the line has to be written by you, and it has to come from a novel that doesn't exist...yet. I've put up an example to kick it off; Sean will add one of his own later today.
And you should know that we both kind of want those books ourselves...