Crider applied the Page 69 Test to Mississippi Vivian, their second collaborative novel, and reported the following:
Okay, I’m going to have to cheat because the first paragraph on page 69 begins on page 68. I think it’s worth quoting, however, so here it is:Read more about Mississippi Vivian at the publisher's website, and visit Bill Crider's website and blog.I nodded. I understood how things were done in small towns and backwoods counties. It worked all right as long as the sheriff was honest, but there were times when the power went to a man’s head and turned him into something worse than the lowest criminal. I’d dealt with someone like that once, and I hoped I wouldn’t have to again.Those are the thoughts of Ted Stephens, an insurance investigator from Houston, Texas. He’s been sent to the small town of Losgrove, Mississippi, to find out why so many people there have gone to work on the Houston Ship Channel and sustained mysterious injuries that have allowed them to file claims with the insurance company that’s hired Stephens. The case has turned out to be considerably more complicated than anybody thought it would, and now there’s a murder involved. In fact, more than one murder, Stephens suspects, and he isn’t sure if anyone in town can be trusted, even the members of the sheriff’s department.
I’d hope that this paragraph would make the reader wonder just what kind of law there was in Losgrove and just how much more trouble Stephens was going to get into. Plenty, of course. Trust me.
My Book, The Movie: Mississippi Vivian.
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