“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

Mike Hammer Series

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I, the Jury
Mickey Spillane

Hardboiled Mike Hammer sets out to avenge the murder of his best friend . . .and nothing will...

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My Gun is Quick
Mickey Spillane

In this scintillating tale, Spillane's quick-fisted hero hunts for the brutal killer of a red...

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Vengeance is Mine
Mickey Spillane

Mike Hammer is on the trail of a gun-crazed killer, teamed up with an untrustworthy beautiful...

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The Big Kill
Mickey Spillane

A Novel. A nice vintage collector's item. Number # 915.

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One Lonely Night
Mickey Spillane

Hammer encounters a mob of international thugs on the prowl for military secrets, but before...

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Kiss Me Deadly
Mickey Spillane

A beautiful woman's cold-blooded murder has the mark of the Mafia. Although warned to stay...

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The Girl Hunters
Mickey Spillane

In this book Hammer's secretary, Velda, has been missing for seven years, but she's still...

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The Snake
Mickey Spillane

A tough-guy mystery to please even the most bloodthirsty of fans!

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The Twisted Thing
Mickey Spillane

This client wasn't Mickey Spillane's usual. He was a man Spillane had sent to prison and he...

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The Body Lovers
Mickey Spillane

This murder mystery takes place in New York City, where Hammer must smash an underground cult...

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Survival Zero
Mickey Spillane

Mike Hammer finds himself involved with a very nasty underground network conspiring to destroy...

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The Killing Man
Mickey Spillane

Private eye, Mike Hammer, goes on the warpath when he finds his lovely secretary, Velda, lying...

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Black Alley
Mickey Spillane

This time Hammer's trying to avenge the murder of a friend and bumping up against Azi Ponti,...

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The Goliath Bone
Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins

In the midst of a Manhattan snowstorm, Hammer halts the violent robbery of a pair of college...

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The Big Bang
Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins

In midtown Manhattan, Mike Hammer, recovering from a near-fatal mix-up with the Mob, runs into...

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