“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

Kinsey Millhone Mysteries

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A is for Alibi
Sue Grafton

A tough-talking former cop, private investigator Kinsey Millhone has set up a modest detective...

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B is for Burglar
Sue Grafton

Although business has been slow lately for P.I. Kinsey Millhone, she's reluctant to take on...

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C is for Corpse
Sue Grafton

How do you go about solving an attempted murder when the victim has lost a good part of his...

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D is for Deadbeat
Sue Grafton

When Alvin Limardo walks into P.I. Kinsey Millhone's office, she smells bad news. He wants...

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E is for Evidence
Sue Grafton

Being a twice-divorced, happily independent loner has worked like a charm for P.I. Kinsey...

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F is for Fugitive
Sue Grafton

When Kinsey Millhone first arrives in Floral Beach, California, it's hard for her to picture...

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G is for Gumshoe
Sue Grafton

When Irene Gersh asks PI Kinsey Millhone to locate her elderly mother Agnes, whom she hasn’t...

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H is for Homicide
Sue Grafton

When PI Kinsey Millhone’s good friend and colleague Parnell Perkins is found murdered in the...

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I is for Innocent
Sue Grafton

Five years ago David Barney was acquitted of the murder of his rich wife, Isabelle. Now,...

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J is for Judgment
Sue Grafton

Wendell Jaffe looks great for a dead man! He’s been six feet under for five years ago—until...

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K is for Killer
Sue Grafton

Janice Kepler is on the way home from the support group she joined after the death of her...

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L is for Lawless
Sue Grafton

When Kinsey Millhone’s landlord asks her to help deceased World War II vet Johnnie Lee’s...

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M is for Malice
Sue Grafton

Malek Construction is a mega-million-dollar company that grew out of modest soil to become one...

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N is for Noose
Sue Grafton

Tom Newquist has died. A detective in the Nota Lake sheriff’s office, Tom was tough, honest,...

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O Is for Outlaw
Sue Grafton

Once Mickey Magruder was a cop with a wild streak. And Kinsey Millhone was a younger cop who...

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P Is for Peril
Sue Grafton

Kinsey Millhone never sees it coming. She is mired in the case of a doctor who disappeared,...

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Q is for Quarry
Sue Grafton

Back in 1969, young people were hitting the road. More than one of them wound up dead-includin...

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R is For Ricochet
Sue Grafton

Reba Lafferty was a daughter of privilege, the only child of an adoring father. Nord Lafferty...

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S is for Silence
Sue Grafton

Cases don't get much colder than that of Violet Sullivan, who disappeared from her rural...

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T is for Trespass
Sue Grafton

Beginning slowly with the day-to-day life of a private eye, Grafton suddenly shifts from the...

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U is for Undertow
Sue Grafton

It’s April, 1988, a month before Kinsey Millhone’s thirty-eighth birthday, and she’s alone in...

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V is for Vengeance
Sue Grafton

A woman with a murky past who kills herself-or was it murder? A spoiled kid awash in gambling...

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