#FirstLineFriday#2 Submissions Are Now Closed – Here’s the Answer to Our Quiz

Submissions for #FirstLineFriday are officially closed now. My thanks to all who emailed me with their guesses. Today, I’m sorry to say we have no winners. While I was hoping I’d be wrong, I was pretty sure this would be a tough one, even though it made an official Top 100 Opening Lines list. 

And now, here’s the answer to today’s quiz:

“The first time I laid eyes on Terry Lennox he was drunk in a Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith outside the terrace of the Dancers.” is the opening line of The Long Goodbye, written by Raymond Chandler in 1953.


The Long Goodbye is a novel by Raymond Chandler, published in 1953, his sixth novel featuring the private investigator Philip Marlowe. Some critics consider it inferior to The Big Sleep or Farewell, My Lovely, but others rank it as the best of his work. Chandler, in a letter to a friend, called the novel “my best book.” (NOTE: In early films, Phillip Marlowe was played by Humphrey Bogart, notably with Lauren Bacall in Chandler’s The  Big Sleep. )

The novel is notable for using hard-boiled detective fiction as a vehicle for social criticism and for including autobiographical elements from Chandler’s life. In 1955, the novel received the Edgar Award for Best Novel. It was later adapted as a 1973 film of the same name, updated to 1970s Los Angeles and starring Elliott Gould.


Crime fiction master Raymond Chandler’s sixth novel featuring Philip Marlowe, the “quintessential urban private eye” (Los Angeles Times). 

In noir master Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye, Philip Marlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, whom he divorced and remarried and who ends up dead. And now Lennox is on the lam and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe.

Buy The Long Goodbye  HERE

And that wraps up this week’s quiz, folks! Again, sorry I couldn’t give away any downloads, but as I’ve mentioned, we are down to some of what I believe to be the most difficult to recognize opening lines on the Top 100 list I’m using. Still, I think it’s fun to challenge ourselves, and to study some of the things that have apparently worked well for other writers. Hope you enjoyed this one! 🙂

#FirstLineFriday will be back in two weeks, with another challenge   😀  See you then!


#ExcerptWeek #JackiePhillips #TheManInTheFedora

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Jackie Phillips has asked me to share the first chapter of her WIP, tentatively entitled The Man in the  Fedora. The title and the cover are both tentative at this point, actually, subject to change after editing and a bit closer to publication.This is Book 1 of a series about a Private Eye named Dee Dee Watson, who rides a Harley, and has a black belt in jujitsu. She’s been hired to find…well…why don’t I let you read the excerpt and see for yourself? Thanks for sharing with us Jackie, and much good luck as you pursue this dream.

The Man in the Fedora  

I was sitting at my desk, wondering if I should just give it up for the day and find a good stiff drink. When he comes strolling in.

He looked like he stepped out of an old 1940’s movie set. You know the type –  tall, good-looking, strong chin and steely eyes. He was dressed in a suit that cost more than I make in a year. He wore a gray overcoat with a black fedora hat. I do love a man who looks good in a fedora. He did –  very good, in fact.

My name’s Dee Dee Watson and I’m a Private Eye. Yeah, a private detective. My mother doesn’t like it and my older brother gives me hell about it every time we see each other. I love what I do. I would say it pays the bills, but it doesn’t. Continue reading