“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

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson

A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue.

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The Snowman
Jo Nesbø

Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the...

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Thomas Perry

When the cousin of Los Angeles underworld figure Hugo Poole is found shot to death in his...

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The Night Following
Morag Joss

On a blustery April day, the quiet, rather private wife of a doctor discovers that her husband...

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Peter Abrahams

Nick Petrov was a world-famous private investigator -- until a brain trauma destroyed part of...

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When the Devil Holds the Candle
Karin Fossum

When two teenagers steal a purse from a stroller, it results in an infant’s death. Unaware of...

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What the Dead Know
Laura Lippman

Thirty years ago, the Bethany girls, ages eleven and fifteen, disappeared from a Baltimore...

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The Darkest Room
Johan Theorin

On the idyllic island of Öland, off the coast of northern Sweden, a young couple from Stockhol...

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With No One as Witness
Elizabeth George

The police never suspected a serial killer was at large until they found the fourth murdered...

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Irvine Welsh

In the wake of a nasty child-murder case, Detective Ray Lennox of the Edinburgh PD has suffere...

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Sinema: The Northumberland Massacre
Rod Glenn

A winter's tale with a sting. There's a newcomer to the small Northumberland village of...

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Sebastian Fitzek

No witnesses, no evidence, no body: Star psychologist Viktor Larenz’s twelve-year-old daughter...

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Land of the Living
Nicci French

After Abbie Devereaux escapes a kidnapper, no one seems to believe her. Even worse, Abbie can...

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Red Leaves
Thomas H. Cook

Eric Moore has a prosperous business, a comfortable home, a stable family life in a quiet town...

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Beneath the Bleeding
Val Mcdermid

The residents of Bradfield are devastated when their star midfielder dies, the victim of a...

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Echoes from the Dead
Johan Theorin

On a gray September day, on an island off the coast of Sweden, six -year -old Jens Davidsson...

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Box 21
Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom

Three years ago, Lydia and Alena were two hopeful girls from Lithuania. Now they are sex...

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Half Broken Things
Morag Joss

Half Broken Things is a novel that peers into the lives of three dangerously lost people…and...

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The Redeemer
Jo Nesbo

One freezing night in Oslo Christmas shoppers gather to listen to a Salvation Army street...

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Their Wildest Dreams
Peter Abrahams

“Mackie dreaded the mail.” From this simple beginning, Peter Abrahams opens the curtains on a...

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The Indian Bride
Karin Fossum

Karin Fossum's fourth chilling crime novel finds Inspector Sejer on the hunt for a brutal...

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Still Missing
Chevy Stevens

On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a thirty-two-year-old Realtor, had three goals...

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Say Goodbye
Lisa Gardner

Come into my parlor . . . For FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy it starts with a pregnant...

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The Minotaur
Ruth Rendell (as Barbara Vine)

Kerstin Krist arrives at the vine-covered Lydstep Old Hall in rural Essex to care for John...

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Three Seconds
Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom

Piet Hoffman, a top secret operative for the Swedish police, is about to embark on his most...

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Master of the Delta
Thomas H. Cook

In 1954 Mississippi, Jack Branch returns to his father’s Delta estate, Great Oaks, to perform...

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Karin Slaughter

First the kiss . . . then the blood. Sara Linton, pediatrician and medical examiner in...

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The Girl Who Played with Fire
Stieg Larsson

Part blistering espionage thriller, part riveting police procedural, and part piercing exposé...


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