“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

V.I. Warshawski Mysteries

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Indemnity Only
Sara Paretsky

Meeting an anonymous client late on a sizzling summer night is asking for trouble. But trouble...

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Deadlock
Sara Paretsky

V. I. Warshawski, private investigator, Chicago, USA. People imagine private detectives to be...

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Killing Orders
Sara Paretsky

V.I.'s battleaxe Aunt Rosa is under investigation by the FBI and SEC after counterfeit stock...

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Bitter Medicine
Sara Paretsky

Private eye V.I. Warshawski knows her friend Consuelo's pregnancy is already risky-she's...

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Blood Shot
Sara Paretsky

V.I. Warshawski isn't crazy about going back to  her old south Chicago neighborhood, but a...

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Burn Marks
Sara Paretsky

Someone knocking on the door at 3 A.M. is never  good news. For V.I. Warshawski, the bad news ...

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Guardian Angel
Sara Paretsky

When a neighboring eighty-year-old dog owner turns up floating facedown in a canal shortly...

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Tunnel Vision
Sara Paretsky

Stubbornness has landed private eye V.I. Warshawski in big trouble at her Chicago office. ...

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Windy City Blues
Sara Paretsky

In "Grace Notes," V.I. has barely finished her morning coffee when she sees an ad in the paper...

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Hard Time
Sara Paretsky

Multimedia conglomerate Global Entertainment has purchased the Chicago Herald-Star, forcing...

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Total Recall
Sara Paretsky

Total Recall follows the Chicago P.I. on a road that winds back more than fifty years — and...

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Blacklist
Sara Paretsky

Readers love sleuth V.I. Warshawski. Now she returns in a novel of secrets and betrayals that...

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Fire Sale
Sara Paretsky

A conscience can weigh a PI down more than the heaviest firearm—and get her into more trouble...

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Hardball
Sara Paretsky

When Warshawski is asked to find a man who's been missing for four decades, a search that she...

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Body Work
Sara Paretsky

The last thing V.I. Warshawski was expecting when she showed up at Chicago's Club Gouge was...

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Breakdown
Sara Paretsky

Carmilla, Queen of the Night, is a shape-shifting raven whose fictional exploits thrill girls...

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