“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

Mystery Anthologies

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    Best American Mystery Stories 2011
    Ed. Harlan Coben, Otto Penzler

    Best-selling novelist Harlan Coben, a master of suspense and creator of the critically-acclaim...

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    The Best American Noir of the Century
    Edited by James Ellroy and Otto Penzler

    James Ellroy and Otto Penzler mined the past century to find this treasure trove of thirty...

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    Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries 8
    Ed. Maxim Jakubowski

    The eighth annual of the very best of British crime-writing from established bestsellers and...

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    New Jersey Noir
    Edited by Joyce Carol Oates

    Featuring brand-new stories (and a few poems) by: Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Safran Foer,...

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    Chicago Lightning: Collected Nathan Heller Short Stories
    Max Allan Collins

    With his cynical humor and knack for keen social observation, Chicago PI Nathan Heller narrate...

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    The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares
    Joyce Carol Oates

    An incomparable master storyteller in all forms, in The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares Joyce...

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    The Outlaw Album: Stories
    Daniel Woodrell

    Daniel Woodrell is able to lend uncanny logic to harsh, even criminal behavior in this wrenchi...

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    The Sacred Stone
    The Medieval Murderers

    A mysterious meteor brings treachery, discord, and violent death to those who seek to possess...

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    A New Omnibus of Crime
    Edited by Tony Hillerman and Rosemary Herbert

    In 1929, Dorothy L. Sayers published her landmark anthology, The Omnibus of Crime. ...

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    The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps
    Edited by Otto Penzler

    The biggest, the boldest, the most comprehensive collection of Pulp writing ever assembled. ...

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    The Mammoth Book of Vintage Whodunnits
    Edited by Maxim Jakubowski

    Following on the heels of the popular Mammoth Book of Great Detective Stories, the The Mammoth...

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    The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories
    Edited by Otto Penzler

    An unstoppable anthology of crime stories culled from Black Mask magazine the legendary...

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    The Best American Mystery Stories 2010
    Edited by Lee Child

    Featuring twenty of the year's standout crime short stories handpicked by one of the world's...

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    Vintage Mystery and Detective Stories
    Edited by D.S. Davies

    A richly entertaining and exciting collection of mystery and detective stories from the golden...

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    The Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries 6
    Edited by Maxim Jakubowski

    Thirty-five short stories from the top names in British crime fiction, by the likes of Lee...

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    The Shamus Winners: Vol. I
    Edited by Robert J. Randisi

    Stories by all-star mystery writers that have won the coveted Shamus award from the Private...

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    The Shamus Winners: Vol. II
    Edited by Robert J. Randisi

    Sixteen topflight mysteries by authors judged by their peers as "best in the business." This...

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    When the Women Come Out to Dance
    Elmore Leonard

    In this short fiction collection, Elmore Leonard demonstrates the superb characterizations,...

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    Mammoth Book of Perfect Crimes & Impossible Mysteries
    Ed. Mike Ashley

    From the likes of Robert Randisi, Peter Crowther, and Max Rittenberg, these 30 stories of...

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    A Hell of a Woman: An Anthology of Female Noir
    Edited by Megan Abbott

    Original female noir stories by Lynne Barrett, Charlotte Carter, Christa Faust, Alison Gaylin,...

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    The Pyramid: The First Wallander Cases
    Henning Mankell

    The missing piece of the internationally bestselling Kurt Wallander mystery series: the story...

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    Four Novellas of Fear
    Cornell Woolrich

    Cornell Woolrich, best known as the author of "Rear Window," is unsurpassed in his ability to...

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    The Garden of Eden and Other Criminal Delights
    Faye Kellerman

    Here the backdrop of contemporary California becomes fertile ground for Kellerman's riveting...

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    A Killing Climate
    Eric Wright

    Eric Wright, the creator of Superintendent Charlie Salter of the Metropolitan Toronto Police,...

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    Murders and Other Confusions
    Kathy Lynn Emerson

    Susanna, Lady Appleton was a gentlewoman, a herbalist (author of A Cautionary Herbal, being a...

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    The Tainted Relic
    The Medieval Murderers

    In five interlinked chronological tales (and a prologue), a brilliant cast of medieval sleuths...

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    Suitable for Hanging: Selected Stories
    Margaret Maron

    The creator of Judge Deborah Knott and Lieutenant Sigrid Harald and the winner of the Edgar...

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    The Complete Sherlock Holmes
    Arthur Conan Doyle

    Here, collected in one volume, are all four full-length novels and 56 short stories chroniclin...

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    Tales of Mystery & Imagination
    Edgar Allan Poe

    This collection of Poe's best stories contains all the terrifying and bewildering tales that...

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    The Simple Art of Murder
    Raymond Chandler

    Prefaced by the famous Atlantic Monthly essay of the same name, in which he argues the virtues...

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    The Continental Op
    Dashiell Hammett

    Short, thick-bodied, mulishly stubborn, and indifferent to pain, Dashiell Hammett's Continetal...

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    The Omnibus of Crime
    Edited by Dorothy L. Sayers
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    Trouble Is My Business
    Raymond Chandler

    In the four long stories in this collection, Marlowe is hired to protect a rich old guy from a...

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    The Big Knockover: Selected Stories and Short Novels
    Dashiell Hammett

    Short, thick-bodied, mulishly stubborn, and indifferent to physical pain, Dashiell Hammett's...

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    Hardboiled: American Crime Stories
    Ed. Bill Pronzini, Jack Adrian

    What are the ingredients of a hard-boiled detective story? "Savagery, style, sophistication,...

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    Mammoth Book of Private Eye Stories
    Ed. Bill Pronzini, Martin H. Greenberg

    With its roots in the American private-detective fiction of the 1920s but traceable back as...

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    Best American Mystery Stories of the Century
    Ed. Tony Hillerman, Otto Penzler

    In The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century, best-selling author Tony Hillerman and...