Dear M'Lady Snark (if I may be so bold),
From Faster Than Kudzu for April 4, 2006. Joshilyn Jackson, author of GODS IN ALABAMA and BETWEEN, GEORGIA writing about opening a book with immediate conflict:
"I think the best way to let the reader meet your characters is to put them all in a room and then light one of them on fire."
That's a keeper.
May Manolo shine upon thee.
could not have said it better myself!