I've been thinking about my opener and whilst I think it's good, it merely sets up a question to be answered rather than starting with action. If I flip these two paragraphs and 'show' the second paragraph, then I can start with action and lead into the question. It lengthens the beginning before we get into the actual story but I think it could be more a 'grabber' than what I have. What are your thoughts. Ignore the writing. It's the switching of scenes I'm focused on here:
Empty and beaten, Arthur Blake trembled at the table in the sodium light of the interrogation room, and rambled: “There are whispers in my head. They’re coming … they’re coming for us all.” He sipped coffee from a polystyrene cup, cradled in shaky hands. A ceiling fan whirred and ticked, cooled the sweat coating Arthur’s empty face. The antiseptic vapour of wet-wipes stung the air. Lost for a while to the leisurely swirl of steam from his cup, he finally hoisted up his head, gazed at the three officers present, one incredulous expression after the next.
He’d been arrested an hour earlier, as he staggered down Main Street into oncoming cars, oblivious of the fists, hoots and hollers of Saturday traffic. Dishevelled, with blood on his shirtsleeve and smeared across his cheek, he ranted into the swell of noise. For anyone who would listen; anyone who would believe. After the officers bundled him into the police car, the homily continued, torment in his pale blue eyes.