Book Beginnings on Fridays - Mockingbird Songs by R.J. Ellory
Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted by Rose City Reader and as she says the idea of this meme is
for you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book
you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the
sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the
opener inspires. Please remember to include the title
of the book and the author's name. There's a linky list on
the website and you can use #BookBeginnings on Twitter.
This week my book beginning is Mockingbird Songs by R.J. Ellory. He's one of my favourite authors and this is his latest novel. I started it last night so have only read the first chapter but can already tell I'm going to enjoy it.
"A clear conscience is nothing more than a bad memory."
For what it was worth, this was the last flawed pearl of wisdom offered by Evan Riggs on the day that Henry Quinn was released from Reeves County Farm Prison.
Prison changes a man.
Sometimes in ways you can see. Usually in ways you can't. The only
reason Henry Quinn survived three years inside was because of Evan
Riggs, a one-time country singer, one-time killer, now serving a life
sentence. No parole. On the day he gets out, Henry promises Evan he will
find his daughter, the daughter he never met, and deliver a letter. A
free man, Henry heads to the small Texan town where Evan grew up and
where his brother Carson now resides as sheriff. There's no sign of the
girl and her uncle claims to know nothing of her whereabouts. But Henry
isn't about to give up. He made a promise and, no matter what, he's
going to find Evan's daughter. As Carson's behaviour towards him becomes
ever more threatening, Henry realises that there are dark secrets
buried at the heart of this quiet town. What terrible thing drove the
brothers apart and what happened to the missing girl?