It was a dark and stormy night

Any fan of Peanuts will know the line “it was a dark and stormy night”… This line has inspired the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest – a competition to write the worst possible opening line of the worst possible novel. The winners of 2003 have been announced… My favourite (from the Detective category) is:

Detective Inspector Mike Norman slipped six fingers into his overcoat pocket, five of them clad in a latex glove and attached to his palm, while the sixth was wrapped in a plastic evidence bag and apparently belonged to the kidnapped pianist Ricardo Moore, or, as it now seemed likely, the kidnapped ex-pianist Ricardo Moore.