Victor Gischler writes some of the best crime fiction around, making it look so easy. Here, in just four sentences, he nails a character:
"Baby Sister was family, but she was also a loose cannon. Baby Sister frightened Nikki sometimes. There was something in the sighteen-year-old hellion that delighted in pain and cruely. Baby Sister was the reason they'd given up on family pets" -- Shotgun Opera (2006)
Gischler wraps the character up and ties a bow on it. And he makes you want to keep on reading well into the night.