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 . . .CORELLI'S MANDOLIN
by Louis de Bernieres
Dr Iannis had enjoyed a satisfactory day in which none of his patients had died or got any worse. Suddenly, a shot rang out.