“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”
-Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”
-Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes
“The girl gave him a look which ought to have stuck at least four inches out of his back.”
-Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye
“The problem with putting two and two together is that sometimes you get four, and sometimes you get twenty-two.”
-Dashiell Hammett, The Thin Man
“We didn't exactly believe your story, Miss O'Shaughnessy, we believed your 200 dollars. I mean, you paid us more than if you had been telling us the truth, and enough more to make it alright.”
-Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon
“I spent most of my dough on booze, broads and boats… and the rest I wasted.”
-Elmore Leonard, LaBrava
“There were not so many physical threats that could not be countered with a decent hammer.”
-Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Played With Fire
“The dead have never bothered me. It's the living that I fear.”
-Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“The hard thing about death is that nothing ever changes. The hard thing about life is that nothing stays the same.”
-Sue Grafton, J is for Judgment
“There is nothing you can do about the past except keep it there.”
-Michael Connelly, The Brass Verdict
“There is no client as scary as an innocent man.”
-Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer
“Woe to he who checkmates his opponents at last, only to discover they have been playing cribbage.”
-Jedediah Berry, The Manual of Detection
“The joke was thinking you were ever really in charge of your life. You pressed your oar down into the water to direct the canoe, but it was the current that shot you through the rapids."
-Scott Turow, Innocent
“They found out about him in July and stayed angry all through August. They tried to kill him in September."
-Lee Child, Without Fail
“Put all your eggs in one basket... the handle's going to break. Then all you've got is scrambled eggs.”
-J.D. Robb, Remember When
“It doesn't have to make sense; it just has to sound like it does.”
-Elmore Leonard, Freaky Deaky
“He was too old to be working, too young to be dead, and too broke to do anything else.”
-Chris Culver, Just Run
“Love, when you get fear in it, it's not love any more. It's hate.”
-James M. Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice
“Our words are giants when they do us an injury, and dwarfs when they do us a service.”
-Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White
“It takes far less courage to cling to the past than it does to face the future.”
-Sandra Brown, Envy
“Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.”
-Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin
“If you place your head in a lion's mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.”
-Agatha Christie
“I have great faith in fools … my friends call it self-confidence.”
-Edgar Allan Poe

Crime Fiction

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    The Woodcutter
    Reginald Hill

    Wolf Hadda’s life has been a fairy tale. From his humble origins as a Cumbrian woodcutter’s...

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    Feast Day of Fools
    James Lee Burke

    Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town with a deep and abiding...

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    The Ballad of Tom Dooley
    Sharyn McCrumb

    A literary triumph—what began as a fictional re-telling of the historical account of one of...

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    Live Wire
    Harlan Coben

    When former tennis star Suzze T and her rock star husband, Lex, encounter an anonymous Faceboo...

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    Fly Me To the Morgue
    Robert Randisi

    The new Rat Pack mystery - Bing Crosby wants to buy a horse to indulge his other passion –...

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    El Gavilan
    Craig McDonald

    The news is full of it: escalating tensions from illegal immigration; headless bodies hanging...

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    Northwest Angle
    William Kent Krueger

    During a houseboat vacation on the remote Lake of the Woods, a violent gale sweeps through...

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    Started Early, Took My Dog
    Kate Atkinson

    Tracy Waterhouse leads a quiet, ordered life as a retired police detective-a life that takes a...

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    Very Bad Men
    Harry Dolan

    David Loogan returns! Loogan is living in Ann Arbor with Detective Elizabeth Waishkey and her...

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    Ranchero
    Rick Gavin

    Repo man Nick Reid had a seemingly simple job to do: talk to Percy Dwayne Dubois— pronounced ...

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    No Country for Old Men
    Cormac McCarthy

    In No Country for Old Men, Cormac McCarthy simultaneously strips down the American crime novel...

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    Child 44
    Tom Rob Smith

    "There is no crime." Stalin's Soviet Union strives to be a paradise for its workers, providin...

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    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    Mark Haddon

    Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and...

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    In the Moon of Red Ponies
    James Lee Burke

    In James Lee Burke's last novel featuring Billy Bob Holland, Bitterroot, the former Texas...

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    Lush Life
    Richard Price

    Lush Life is a tale of two Lower East Sides: one a high-priced bohemia, the other a home to...

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    Quiet Vendetta
    R. J. Ellory

    When Catherine Ducane disappears in the heart of New Orleans, the local cops react rapidly -...

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    Train
    Pete Dexter

    Train is a 18-year-old black caddy at an exclusive L.A. country club. He is a golf prodigy,...

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    The Big Both Ways
    John Straley

    It's 1935. Jobs are scarce. Yet Slippery Wilson walks off his job at a logging camp afer a...

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    A Quiet Belief in Angels
    R.J. Ellory

    In 1939 in the small rural community of Augusta Falls, Georgia, twelve-year-old Joseph Vaughan...

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    The Turnaround
    George Pelecanos

    On a hot summer afternoon in 1972, three teenagers drove into an unfamiliar neighborhood and...

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    City of Lies
    R. J. Ellory

    John Harper has always been alone. His mother died when he was just seven years old and he was...

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    Mr. Paradise
    Elmore Leonard

    Roommates Kelly and Chloe are enjoying their lives and their downtown Detroit loft just fine....

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    Bad Things Happen
    Harry Dolan

    The man who calls himself David Loogan is hoping to escape a violent past by living a quiet,...

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    Blood's a Rover
    James Ellroy

    Martin Luther King assassinated. Robert Kennedy assassinated. Los Angeles, 1968. Conspiracies...

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    Get Real
    Donald E. Westlake

    In Donald E. Westlake's classic caper novels, the bad get better, the good slide a bit, and...

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    Ghostheart
    R. J. Ellory

    Annie O'Neill has it all: a cosy Manhattan apartment, a beautiful bookshop and a network of...

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    The Last Quarry
    Max Allan Collins

    The ruthless professional killer known as Quarry long ago disappeared into a well-earned...

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    Rain Gods
    James Lee Burke

    When Hackberry Holland became sheriff of a tiny Texas town near the Mexican border, he'd hoped...

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    Bury Me Deep
    Megan Abbott

    In October 1931, a station agent found two large trunks abandoned in Los Angeles's Southern...

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    The Getaway Man
    Andrew Vachss

    Eddie starts stealing cars long before he's old enough to get a license, driven by a force so...

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    The Postman Always Rings Twice
    James M. Cain

    An amoral young tramp.  A beautiful, sullen woman with an inconvenient husband.  A problem...

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    The Killer Inside Me
    Jim Thompson

    Lou Ford is the deputy sheriff of a small town in Texas.  The worst thing most people can say...

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    The Thin Man
    Dashiell Hammett

    Nick and Nora Charles are Hammett's most enchanting creations, a rich, glamorous couple who...

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    The Friends of Eddie Coyle
    George V. Higgins

    George V. Higgins's seminal crime novel is a down-and-dirty tale of thieves, mobsters, and...

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    L.A. Confidential
    James Ellroy

    L.A. Confidential is epic "noir", a crime novel of astonishing detail and scope written by the...

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    Double Indemnity
    James M. Cain

    Tautly narrated and excruciatingly suspenseful, Double Indemnity gives us an X-ray view of...

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    Killshot
    Elmore Leonard

    Ironworker Wayne Colson has come to the real estate office where his wife, Carmen, works at...

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    The Godfather
    Mario Puzo

    More than thirty years ago, a classic was born. A searing novel of the Mafia underworld, The...

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    Laura
    Vera Caspary

    "I am bound to tell this story, just as Mark McPherson was obliged to continue his searches,...

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    The Hot Rock
    Donald E. Westlake

    The Hot Rock introduces John Archibald Dortmunder, the thief whose capers never quite come off...