Isaac Owen Richardson - Dark Western
"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."
Who is the man in black? Who (and what) is the gunslinger? And why is one chasing the other?
Openings like this first sentence of The Gunslinger exemplify why Stephen King is the master of storytelling, The sentence is even more chilling for fans who know how King's seven-book 'Dark Tower' series ends, but even first-time readers are immediately captivated by the deceptive simplicity of the set-up. King introduces the hero, the villain, and the setting in one fell swoop, but he intentionally leaves out the big "why?", propelling readers to dive in after both the man in black and the gunslinger in order to find out.