“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

Hardboiled Detective

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    Field Gray
    Philip Kerr

    Striding across Europe through the killing fields of three decades-from riot-torn Berlin in...

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    When the Thrill is Gone
    Walter Mosley

    Leonid McGill can't say no to the beautiful woman who walks into his office with a stack of...

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    Bye Bye, Baby
    Max Allan Collins

    It’s 1962, and Twentieth Century Fox is threatening to fire Marilyn Monroe. The blond goddess...

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    The Sentry
    Robert Crais

    After Joe Pike saves a man's life, the man's family seems oddly resentful. Maybe because they...

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    Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead
    Sara Gran

    Claire DeWitt is not your average private investigator. She has brilliant deductive skills and...

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    V is for Vengeance
    Sue Grafton

    A woman with a murky past who kills herself-or was it murder? A spoiled kid awash in gambling...

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    Infernal Angels
    Loren D. Estleman

    Much like author Loren D. Estleman, Detroit private investigator Amos Walker has long been...

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    Camouflage
    Bill Pronzini

    Nameless may not like David Virden, but the case is simple enough: find his ex-wife—and they...

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    City of Whispers
    Marcia Muller

    Private eye Sharon McCone receives an e-mail asking for help from her emotionally disturbed...

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    The Gentlemen's Hour
    Don Winslow

    Boone Daniels lives to surf. Laid back, ultra–California cool, the former cop turned PI...

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    If the Dead Rise Not
    Philip Kerr

    This time, it's 1954 and Bernie has resurfaced in Havana. Life is relatively peaceful, but the...

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    The Long Fall
    Walter Mosley

    His name is etched on the door of his Manhattan office: LEONID McGILL, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR....

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    The One from the Other
    Philip Kerr

    Germany, 1949: Amid the chaos of defeat, it's a place of dirty deals, rampant greed, fleeing...

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    Right As Rain
    George Pelecanos

    Derek Strange is a black ex-cop in Washington D.C. who now makes a living running his own...

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    The Guards
    Ken Bruen

    Still stinging from his unceremonious ouster from the Garda Siochana-The Guards, Ireland's...

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    Spade & Archer
    Joe Gores

    A wonderfully dark, pitch-perfect noir prequel to The Maltese Falcon, featuring Dashiell...

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    Chicago Confidential
    Max Allan Collins

    Caught between the Kefauver Organized Crime investigation and his reluctant ties to the mafia,...

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    Bleeders
    Bill Pronzini

    A simple case gets murderously complicated when "Nameless," Bill Pronzini's seasoned private...

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    Mildred Pierced
    Stuart M. Kaminsky

    Having survived the hire of such movie luminaries as Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Charlie...

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    Little Scarlet
    Walter Mosley

    Watts is smoldering in ruins-and the cops are on Easy Rawlins's doorstep. Easy expects the...

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    Fearless Jones
    Walter Mosley

    Bookshop owner Paris Minton is minding his own business when a brief encounter with a beautifu...

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    Fear Itself
    Walter Mosley

    Paris Minton doesn't want any trouble. He minds his used bookstore and his own business. But...

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    Body Work
    Sara Paretsky

    The last thing V.I. Warshawski was expecting when she showed up at Chicago's Club Gouge was...

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    Hell to Pay
    George Pelecanos

    Derek Strange and Terry Quinn, the team of private investigators who made their stunning debut...

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    The Left-handed Dollar
    Loren D. Estleman

    Joseph Michael Ballista—“Joey Ballistic” to his mob buddies—knows most of the ways to make an...

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    Moonlight Mile
    Dennis Lehane

    Amanda McCready was four years old when she vanished from her blue-collar Boston neighborhood...

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    Cape Disappointment
    Earl Emerson

    A man and a woman, their coastal getaway interrupted, say goodbye on an isolated landing strip...

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    No Good Deeds
    Laura Lippman

    No good deed goes unpunished...

    Working as a consultant for a Baltimore newspaper, P.I....

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    Dope
    Sara Gran

    Josephine Flannigan should be dead by now. From an overdose, or a cop's bullet, or run down in...

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    Little Girl Lost
    Charles Ardai (as Richard Aleas)

    Miranda Sugarman was supposed to be in the Midwest, working as an eye doctor. So how did she...

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    The Maltese Falcon
    Dashiell Hammett

    A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary...

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    The Big Sleep
    Raymond Chandler

    When a dying millionaire hires Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two...

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    The Long Goodbye
    Raymond Chandler

    Marlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out...

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    Farewell, My Lovely
    Raymond Chandler

    Marlowe's about to give up on a completely routine case when he finds himself in the wrong...

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    I, the Jury
    Mickey Spillane

    Hardboiled Mike Hammer sets out to avenge the murder of his best friend . . .and nothing will...

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    The Last Good Kiss
    James Crumley

    Tough, hard-boiled, and brilliantly suspenseful, The Last Good Kiss is an unforgettable...

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    The Drowning Pool
    Ross Macdonald

    When a millionaire matriarch is found floating face-down in the family pool, the prime suspect...

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    Red Harvest
    Dashiell Hammett

    When the last honest citizen of Poisonville was murdered, the Continental Op stayed on to...

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    The Lady in the Lake
    Raymond Chandler

    A couple of missing wives—one a rich man's and one a poor man's—become the objects of Marlowe...

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    The Dain Curse
    Dashiell Hammett

    The Continental Op is a short, squat, and utterly unsentimental tank of a private detective....