I'm learning that the crime novel differs from the horror and sci fi novel in the first chapter. A horror story includes some shivers and frights in the first pages. A science fiction story includes robots or nanotech or at least stars before chapter two.
With crime I'm finding that the first chapter is, more often than not, a 20-40 page establishment shot. It sets up the location and time period. That's all vital to the story, but in audio fiction it's slow, often even dull. The… Continue