“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 Police Procedural

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Mid Ocean
T. Rafael Cimino

Special Agent Joel Kenyon, just out of the U.S. Customs Academy, has been assigned to the...

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The Fallen
T. Jefferson Parker

A good cop, Robbie Brownlaw was thrown from a sixth-floor window of a downtown...

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Darker Than Night
John Lutz

A killer dubbed "The Night Prowler" has turned the city that doesn't sleep into a town kept...

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Body Line
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

David Rogers was a doctor, handsome, charming and rich. He lived the lifestyle of a consultant...

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The Black Path
Asa Larsson

A grisly torture-murder, a haunting northern Sweden backdrop, and a dark drama of twisted...

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The Dogs of Rome
Conor Fitzgerald

In this accomplished and riveting thriller, police inspector Alec Blume battles organized...

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A Season for the Dead
David Hewson

In a hushed Vatican Reading Room, the scene is shocking: a crazed professor shot dead after...

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Black Water
T. Jefferson Parker

Welcome to a cat-and-mouse game that only bestselling novelist T. Jefferson Parker could...

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A Whisper to the Living
Stuart M. Kaminsky

A Whisper to the Living continues the adventures (some would say trials and tribulations) of...

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Laguna Heat
T. Jefferson Parker

Laguna... Where every day the sun makes a promise the nighttime breaks, while the super-rich...

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The Broken Shore
Peter Temple

Shaken by a recent scrape with death, big-city detective Joe Cashin is posted to a quiet town...

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The Silver Swan
John Banville (as Benjamin Black)

It has been two years since the events of Christine Falls, the bestselling novel that introduc...

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A Killing Frost
R.D. Wingfield

A gripping new investigation for the inimitable Detective Inspector Jack Frost. The discovery...

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The Price of Malice
Archer Mayor

Wayne Castine was found brutally murdered and the murderer remains at large. Castine, a...

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The Lightning Rule
Brett Ellen Block

They say lightning never strikes the same spot twice. Detective Martin Emmett is about to...

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The Night Watcher
John Lutz

Someone is killing wealthy Manhattanites. One by one, the victims are discovered in luxurious...

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Storm Prey
John Roswell Camp (as John Sandford)

Very early, 4:45, on a bitterly cold Minnesota morning, three big men burst through the door...

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Red Herring
Archer Mayor

VBI (Vermont Bureau of Investigation) head Joe Gunther and his team are called in to investiga...

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The Dead Don't Lie
Stuart M. Kaminsky

Lieberman and his partner, Bill Hanrahan, are hell or heaven bent on making the mean streets...

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Sun Storm
Asa Larsson

On the floor of a church in northern Sweden, the body of a man lies mutilated and defiled–and...

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Cold Pursuit
T. Jefferson Parker

Homicide cop Tom McMichael is on the rotation when an 84-year-old city patriarch named Pete...

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End Games
Michael Dibdin

When an advance scout for an American film company disappears, Aurelio Zen's most recent...

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The Art of Detection
Laurie R. King

Kate Martinelli has seen her share of peculiar things as a San Francisco cop, but never...

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Still Midnight
Denise Mina

Life ought to be simple for Detective Inspector Alex Morrow. She's not new to the police force...

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Far Cry
John Harvey

Ruth and Simon reluctantly agree to let their young teenage daughter, Heather, go off on a...

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Not Quite Kosher
Stuart M. Kaminsky

In Not Quite Kosher our hangdog sleuth is up to his eyeballs in tsurris, the kind of trouble...

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Night Victims
John Lutz

A computer programmer, a casting director, a call girl. The victims have nothing in common...

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The Blind Man of Seville
Robert Wilson

Called to a gruesome crime scene, Inspector Javier Falcón is shocked and sickened by what he...

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