Thursday, February 11, 2016

Book Beginning: The Big Seven


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Sunderson must have been about ten and was burning up with fever from strep throat and still had to go to Sunday morning Lutheran service. His mother had her antennae out for malefactors and only Bernise who had broken her leg tobogganing had recently succeeded in avoiding church.

The Big Seven: A Faux Mystery by Jim Harrison. The opening passage is the protagonist's memory of a childhood sermon that introduces the theme of the seven deadly sins -- the "big seven" of the title.

Harrison introduced Sunderson, a retired Michigan State Police detective, in his earlier "faux mystery," The Great Leader.


  1. Sounds interesting. Maybe I'm asking a stupid question, but what is a "faux mystery"? Here's my Friday post. Happy reading!

  2. sounds like a good story. Interesting start.

  3. Sounds interesting, but like Kim said - what's a "faux mystery"? Not really a mystery at all? :)

  4. I love this beginning! This sounds like a delightful story.
    Thank you for hosting Book Beginnings on Friday.

  5. Hi Gilion,

    I too, searched for the 'faux mystery' phrase, however all that came up was this particular author's name and his books, so I wonder if this is a coined phrase which is for some reason unique to him?

    Jim Harrison certainly sounds like a very colourful character and although your opening lines are very intriguing, probably isn't an author for me.

    The name however, rang big bells for some reason and on further research, I realised that my dad had read his book 'A Good Day To Die', which he has passed on to me and which must be hidden away on my shelves somewhere. I might therefore be tempted to search it out and try reading it sooner rather than later!

    Thanks for sharing and hosting BBOF. Have a good weekend :)


  6. I would like to read this book, though the opening is a bit daunting.

  7. I keep meaning to give this series a shot and still have yet to do so. Some day!

  8. I like the cover and the opening didn't do a lot for me. You explanation of the itle got my attention, though. :-)

  9. Hope you enjoy your read. :)

  10. Sounds good.

    Like Yvonne, I would like to know the definition of faux mystery. :)

    Great cover.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  11. Sitting through anything when you're burning up with fever just sounds so awful! I'm curious about what exactly a faux mystery turns out to be. Hope you enjoy the read!

  12. How terrible to be forced to attend church when you're burning up with fever.
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

  13. I love the writing style even just from those two sentences! Very fun and engaging!

  14. The seven deadly sins has been the topic of so many books and movies. I'd love for you to check out mine...


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