“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

SPQR Series

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The King's Gambit: SPQR I
John Maddox Roberts

Blackmail, corruption, treachery, murder--the glory that was Rome. In this Edgar Award...

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The Catiline Conspiracy: SPQR II
John Maddox Roberts

It was a summer of glorious triumph for the mighty Roman Republic. Her invincible legions had...

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The Sacrilege: SPQR III
John Maddox Roberts

When a sacret woman's rite in the ancient city of Rome is infiltrated by a corrupt patrician...

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The Temple of the Muses: SPQR IV
John Maddox Roberts

When Roman junior senator Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger has a chance to join a diploma...

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Saturnalia: SPQR V
John Maddox Roberts

Every culture has its wild entertainment, but the Roman Saturnalia is looked upon as the...

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Nobody Loves a Centurion: SPQR VI
John Maddox Roberts

Like so many young men in later generations, Roman playboy/detective Decius Caecilius Metellus...

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The Tribune's Curse: SPQR VII
John Maddox Roberts

I was happier than any mere mortal has a right to be and I should have known better. The...

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The River God's Vengeance: SPQR VIII
John Maddox Roberts

He would rise up as savior of the State, but Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger already has...

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The Princess and the Pirates: SPQR IX
John Maddox Roberts

His two years of aedileship over, Decius is ready for his next adventure. He would rather do...

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A Point of Law: SPQR X
John Maddox Roberts

Decius Caecilius Metellus is moving up in the world. He's won some money and glory fighting...

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Under Vesuvius: SPQR XI
John Maddox Roberts

Things are going well for Decius Caecilius Metellus. He is praetor peregrinus, which means he...

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Oracle of the Dead: SPQR XII
John Maddox Roberts

Decius Caecilius Metellus, this year’s magistrate for cases involving foreigners, thinks he is...

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Year of Confusion: SPQR XIII
John Maddox Roberts

Caius Julius Caesar, now Dictator of Rome, has decided to revise the Roman calendar, which has...

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