Oh Wise Master of Snarkiness,
After looking through countless suggestions for creating a compelling hook for a query letter, and participating in several query/hook critiquing contest blogs, I've come across the following dilemma. In a novel that features a relatively large cast of protagonists, with three separate "main" characters, each with their respective storylines, how do you structure a compelling hook? If I spend time to give a brief description of each character and storyarch, it doesn't seem like there's enough space to make any of them sound particularly compelling/interesting/"hook"ing, but if I focus on a single character, I lose 2/3 of the story, and could theoretically have 3 completely different hooks for a single novel.
Look at Airport, or Hotel, or any novel by Arthur Hailey.
Look at novels by James Michener or Leon Uris.
Look at Bleak House by Dickens.
Read the flap copy on big sprawling books.
You'll get the idea.
And if you need more help, there's an entire 600+ entry crapometer on hooks.