“He was lost.”
That’s it. That’s how Kate Atkinson’s One Good Turn begins.
If that doesn’t draw you in, I don’t know what will. Sometimes the best books begin with the most straightforward statements.
Or, how about Val McDermid’s first line in Fever of the Bone: “It all comes down to blood in the end.”
‘Simple is best’ has long been the maxim for most things in life. Why argue with some of the genre’s finest??