I've just finished reading The Business (working through the non-SF of Iain Banks). On page 384, when I read the sentence, "I used a search engine." (where the main character is referring to her maltreatment of a car engine in order to make the car's owner confess) I had a strong feeling that the entire book started with this single sentence.
It might just have been that coffee just had talking, or there might be something to this.
Does anyone know anything about how and where Iain Banks got the ideas for this particular book?