"Fran sat with her eyes closed. The small plane dropped suddenly, seemed to fall from the sky, then levelled for a moment before tilting like a fairground ride. She opened her eyes to see a grey cliff ahead of them. It was close enough for her to make out the white streaks of bird muck and last season’s nests. Below, the sea was boiling. Spindrift and white froth caught by the gale-force winds spun over the surface of the water.
Why doesn’t the pilot do something? Why is Jimmy just sitting there, waiting for us all to die?"
Every Tuesday, Bibliophile by the Sea hosts this meme.
I shared the first paragraph from Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves. Published in 2010, Blue Lightning is the fourth book in Cleeves' Shetland Island mystery series. These books focus on Jimmy Perez policeman from Fair Isle in the Shetlands. The stories are intense and like the islands they are often bleak and cold.
There is also a television series currently on Amazon Prime that is based on these books.
Does this intro draw you in? It is hard to "love" Jimmy, but he is relentless in pursuing the guilty.