From White Noise
Don DeLillo, White Noise
“At Fourth and Elm, cars turn left for the supermarket. A policewoman crouched inside a boxlike vehicle patrols the area looking for cars parked illegally, for meter violations, lapsed inspection stickers. On telephone poles all over town there are homemade signs concerning lost dogs and cats, sometimes in the handwriting of a child.”
With each word, the quiet, domestic scenes grow darker and more sinister, preparing the reader for the novel about to follow.