Opening lines from recently published books

“Rum spells trouble. Cuba had taught me that much. Months on the island had also taught me how to handle the steady flow of people who, upon spotting a lone foreigner, sought anything from casual conversation to intricate favors.” From Waiting for Fidel (Mariner, Christopher Hunt’s account of his Cuban odyssey

“Darlene would remember that year when Earl dug his first graves and made love to her every day.” From Mercy Road (Delacorte) , a novel by Dalia Pagani