“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

GOOD Crime Fiction

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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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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 Winter of Frankie Machine
Don Winslow

Frankie Machianno, a hard-working entrepreneur, passionate lover, part-time surf bum, and full...

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The Scared Stiff
Donald E. Westlake (as Judson Jack Carmichael)

Masterfully devised, wildly comic, and nonstop suspenseful, this madcap tale maps the conseque...

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Where the Truth Lies
Rupert Holmes

O’Connor, a vivacious, free-spirited young journalist known for her penetrating celebrity...

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Blood Alley
Tom Coffey

In this hard boiled detective novel, Patrick Grimes, a WWII veteran and reporter, investigates...

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The Dead Hour
Denise Mina

When journalist Paddy Meehan investigates a domestic dispute, the well-dressed man who answers...

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Blood Hollow
William Kent Krueger

When the corpse of a beautiful high school student is discovered on a hillside four months...

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White Dog
Peter Temple

A novel featuring Jack Irish, who is some-time lawyer, part-time cabinet maker, and a full...

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Down River
John Hart

Adam Chase has a violent streak, and for good reason. As a boy, he saw things no child should...

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The Lovely Bones
Alice Sebold

"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on...

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The Weight
Andrew Vachss

Sugar’s a pure professional, “time tested” and packing 255 pounds of muscle. Accused of a rape...

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Up in Honey's Room
Elmore Leonard

German-born Walter Schoen, now living in Detroit, is a dead ringer for Heinrich Himmler....

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Storm Runners
T. Jefferson Parker

Matt Stromsoe has come a long way since his wife and son were killed in an explosion meant for...

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Harlan Coben

Reporter Wendy Tynes is making a name for herself, bringing down sexual offenders on nationall...

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Love Songs from a Shallow Grave
Colin Cotterill

Three young Laotian women have died of fencing sword wounds. Each of them had studied abroad...

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The First Quarry
Max Allan Collins

For first time ever, the best-selling author of Road to Perdition takes us back to the beginni...

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Prisoner of Memory
Denise Hamilton

L.A.'s Russian community is about to pull Los Angeles Times reporter Eve Diamond, herself the...

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Basket Case
Carl Hiaasen

Once a hotshot investigative reporter, Jack Tagger now bangs out obituaries for a South...

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Alice in Jeopardy
Ed McBain

"I have your children. Don't call the police, or they'll die." It's a nightmare no parent...


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