“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 Hardboiled Detective

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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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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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Vanishing Point
Marcia Muller

In the latest installment in this critically acclaimed series, McCone is hired to investigate...

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Big City, Bad Blood
Sean Chercover

Disillusioned newspaper reporter-turned-private detective Ray Dudgeon doesn't...

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The Watchman
Robert Crais

A wild-living young heiress slams into trouble in the L.A. night—the kind of trouble even her...

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By a Spider's Thread
Laura Lippman

Mark Rubin's family is missing -- and the police can't do a thing because all the evidence...

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Bad Moon On The Rise
Katy Munger

The inimitable Casey Jones is back in "Bad Moon on the Rise," sixth in the Casey Jones mystery...

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The Last Place
Laura Lippman

Five lives in the Baltimore area have been brutally destroyed over the past six years -- five...

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The Killing of the Tinkers
Ken Bruen

When Jack Taylor blew town at the end of The Guards his alcoholism was a distant memory and...

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Reflecting the Sky
S. J. Rozan

Lydia Chin, a Chinese-American private investigator in her late twenties, is hired by Grandfat...

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The Last Refuge
Chris Knopf

Sam Acquillo is at the end of the line. A middle-aged corporate dropout living in his dead...

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The Dawn Patrol
Don Winslow

Boone Daniels lives to surf. Every morning he’s out in the break off Pacific Beach with the...

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Under Orders
Dick Francis

Sid knows the perils of racing all too well, but in his day jockeys didn't usually cross the...

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Two Time
Chris Knopf

Sam Aquillo – ex-boxer, ex-corporate executive and accidental hero of The Last Refuge – is...

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Ken Bruen

Ireland, awash with cash and greed, no longer turns to the church for solace or comfort. But...

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Soul Patch
Reed Farrel Coleman

Ex-NYPD cop turned PI and entrepreneur Moe Prager is faced with a gut-wrenching case. The...

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Winter and Night
S. J. Rozan

Private detective Bill Smith is hurtled headlong into the most provocative-and personal-case...

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Empty Ever After
Reed Farrel Coleman

For over twenty years, retired NYPD officer and PI Moe Prager has been haunted by the secret...

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Trigger City
Sean Chercover

The facts: A lonely woman was murdered by her disturbed coworker. The police have investigated...

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Stuart M. Kaminsky

Lew Fonesca is a man who does things for people. He makes small problems go away and tries to...


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