“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

Easy Rawlins Mysteries

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Devil in a Blue Dress
Walter Mosley

Los Angeles, 1948: Easy Rawlins is a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense...

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A Red Death
Walter Mosley

It's 1953 in Red-baiting, blacklisting Los Angeles, a moral tar pit ready to swallow Easy...

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White Butterfly
Walter Mosley

The police don't show up on Easy Rawlins's doorstep until the third girl dies. It's Los...

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Black Betty
Walter Mosley

1961: For most black Americans, these were times of hope. For former P.I. Easy Rawlins, Los...

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A Little Yellow Dog
Walter Mosley

It's 1964. Easy Rawlins has given up the street life that has brought him so much trouble and...

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Gone Fishin'
Walter Mosley

In the beginning...there was Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins and Raymond "Mouse" Alexander -- two young...

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Bad Boy Brawly Brown
Walter Mosley

The year is 1964, and though Easy seems settled into honest work as a Los Angeles custodian,...

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Six Easy Pieces
Walter Mosley

With the love of a good woman and two beautiful children, Easy Rawlins has put his past life...

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Little Scarlet
Walter Mosley

Watts is smoldering in ruins-and the cops are on Easy Rawlins's doorstep. Easy expects the...

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Cinnamon Kiss
Walter Mosley

It is the Summer of Love and Easy Rawlins is contemplating robbing an armored car. It's...

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Blonde Faith
Walter Mosley

Easy Rawlins, L.A.'s most reluctant detective, comes home one day to find Easter, the daughter...

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