Is it true, as Momus
suggests, that there are "few tales which would not be improved by the
addition of the phrase 'suddenly, a shot rang out'"? Decide for
yourself as we alter the opening lines of . . .THE SATANIC VERSES
by Salman Rushdie
"To be born again," sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, "first you have to die." Suddenly, a shot rang out.