21 December 2010

Today's Read: The Hanging Tree by Bryan Gruley

MizB at Should Be Reading hosts Teaser Tuesdays. Here's how it works: Grab your current read; let the book fall open to a random page; and share 2 “teaser” sentences from that page. For more teasers, click on through to MizB's blog.

Exhaust snaked up from three pickup trucks and an SUV idling in the angled parking spaces that ran down both sides of Main to where the street veered west at the southern shore of the lake. The trucks had been left running to stay warm while their owners ate breakfast at Audrey's Diner. I imagined four grizzled old men in paid flannel shirts buttoned over thermals sopping up egg yolk with white toast and talking about the chance for more snow, about the Detroit Red Wings' goaltending problems, about that new hockey rink going up in town, and maybe, if they had heard by now, about Gracie McBride. (p. 14)
—From The Hanging Tree by Bryan Gruley (Simon & Schuster / Touchstone, 2010)

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14 comments:

Aimee 12/21/10, 8:18 AM  

This sounds very intriguing! I like the cover. My TT is at Coffee Table Press

Ladybug 12/21/10, 8:28 AM  

Nice teaser, Beth. Sounds like this Gracie might have disappeared.

Merry Christmas :)

Sandy Nawrot 12/21/10, 8:43 AM  

If that doesn't just put you RIGHT THERE, in the scene, I don't know what does.

Jenn's Bookshelves 12/21/10, 9:57 AM  

I LOVE this book!! The author has a certain power over the written word. Such talent!

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle 12/21/10, 11:33 AM  

Brrrrr. :) Great teaser - it really seems like I could be right there in the town. Here's my Teaser! ~ Wendi

Merry Christmas!

Ren Thompson 12/21/10, 11:55 AM  

Very intriguing!

Thank you for stopping by my blog

Ren

Tribute Books Mama 12/21/10, 12:55 PM  

Here is my teaser from Lipstick in Afghanistan by Roberta Gately (Page 1):

"Do you hear it?" The voice was almost a whisper.

Elsa held her breath, and then she heard it too, a faint rustling of footsteps over twigs and leaves. Out of the corner of her eye, she glimpsed several shadowy figures darting through the trees, and when she turned, she saw a glint of sunlight reflecting off the barrel of an assault rifle.

There was no denying it—the Taliban had found them.

Oh, Jesus! she thought. We'll never escape.

Elsa knew the Taliban's ruthless hatred; the death and destruction they wrought was undeniable.

Seized by a sickening wave of fear, she wanted to cry or throw up, but there was no time. She tried to catch Parween's eye, but her friend was looking back, intent on finding the source of the sound.

"Run!" someone shouted, and suddenly, the chase was on.

jlshall 12/21/10, 2:45 PM  

Interesting teaser. This is one I haven't heard of - sounds like I need to check it out.

kaye 12/21/10, 2:54 PM  

I picture a small lazy town if the men could leave their trucks idling on mainstreet while they eat. :) Kaye—the road goes ever ever on and have a merry Christmas!

BLHmistress 12/21/10, 3:53 PM  

I could use even more lol, sounds so good . Merry Christmas.

My Teaser Tuesday

Jenners 12/21/10, 8:36 PM  

Great teaser ... shows me what detail the author can create. I can see those guys sopping up their egg yolks now!

marthalama 12/21/10, 10:31 PM  

Wow, good teaser. I'm going to have to add this to my list.

carolsnotebook 12/22/10, 3:11 PM  

Great teaser. I love the phrasing and description.

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