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Opening lines from recently published books

”Black and blood-warm, water slammed into Anna’s back, rushing over her shoulders and down the front of her shirt. Closing her eyes against the salt sting, she clung to the turtle’s carapace and concentrated on keeping her footing as the water dragged against her legs … ” From ENDANGERED SPECIES, by Nevada Barr (Putnam, $22.95)

”One Monday morning about a year and a half ago, in late autumn, I woke with a vague awareness of a long dullish instrument of some kind, maybe the butt end of a medieval halberd, being alternately inserted and withdrawn at the small of my back.” From A FACE AT THE WINDOW, by Dennis McFarland (Broadway Books, $25)