link to Prof. Jenny Davidson's piece on that subject. I am a great fan of her blog called Light Reading and I would read any book she recommended because she reads across all genres. A reader who can see the beauty in every kind of writing.
So give me a great sentence.Of course, in crime fiction, a first sentence would certainly be this one.
"When I finally caught up with Abraham Trahearne, he was drinking beer
with an alcoholic bulldog named Fireball Roberts in a ramshackle joint
outside of Sonoma, California, drinking the heart right out of a fine
spring afternoon." James Crumley The Last Good Kiss
"Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she could not read or write." Judgment in Stone Ruth Rendell