“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

John Dortmunder Series

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The Hot Rock
Donald E. Westlake

The Hot Rock introduces John Archibald Dortmunder, the thief whose capers never quite come off...

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Bank Shot
Donald E. Westlake

Instead of robbing a bank, Dortmunder tries to steal the whole building. Encyclopedias are...

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Jimmy the Kid
Donald E. Westlake

Taking cues from a pulp novel, Dortmunder arranges a kidnapping. Kelp has a plan, and John...

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Nobody's Perfect
Donald E. Westlake

Comic crime hero Dortmunder and his gang of bungling thieves are back in a hilarious caper-...

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Why Me?
Donald E. Westlake

Dortmunder draws international attention when he steals the wrong ring. The Byzantine Fire is...

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Good Behavior
Donald E Westlake

Dortmunder agrees to do a dangerous favor for a gang of nuns. It was supposed to be a simple...

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Drowned Hopes
Donald E. Westlake

An old cellmate asks Dortmunder for help robbing a reservoir. In his day, Tom was a hard man....

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Don't Ask
Donald E. Westlake

Dortmunder has a job offer. He's been hired by third parties to pull off heists in the past,...

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What's the Worst That Could Happen?
Donald E. Westlake

It started with a ring. A cheap ring. The yellow metal said brass, not gold, and the sparkly...

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Bad News
Donald E. Westlake

Master crook John Dortmunder is offered a grand to dig up a grave in a Queens cemetery and...

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The Road to Ruin
Donald E. Westlake

Ever-lovable but hapless crook John Dortmunder and his merry band of misfits attempt to drive...

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Watch Your Back!
Donald E. Westlake

In his classic caper novels, Donald E. Westlake turns the world of crime and criminals upside...

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What's So Funny?
Donald E. Westlake

All it takes is a few underhanded moves by a tough ex-cop named Eppick to pull Dortmunder into...

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Get Real
Donald E. Westlake

In Donald E. Westlake's classic caper novels, the bad get better, the good slide a bit, and...

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