“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

Lew Archer Mysteries

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The Name Is Archer
Ross MacDonald
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The Moving Target
Ross Macdonald

Like many Southern California millionaires, Ralph Sampson keeps odd company. There's the sun...

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The Drowning Pool
Ross Macdonald

When a millionaire matriarch is found floating face-down in the family pool, the prime suspect...

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The Way Some People Die
Ross Macdonald

In a rundown house in Santa Monica, Mrs. Samuel Lawrence presses fifty crumpled bills into Lew...

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The Ivory Grin
Ross Macdonald

A hard-faced woman clad in a blue mink stole and dripping with diamonds hires Lew Archer to...

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Find a Victim
Ross Macdonald

Las Cruces wasn’t a place most travelers would think to stop. But after Lew Archer plays the...

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The Barbarous Coast
Ross Macdonald

The beautiful, high-diving blonde had Hollywood dreams and stars in her eyes but now she seems...

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The Doomsters
Ross Macdonald

Hired by Carl Hallman, the desperate-eyed junkie scion of an obscenely wealthy political...

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The Galton Case
Ross Macdonald

Almost twenty years have passed since Anthony Galton disappeared, along with a suspiciously...

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The Wycherly Woman
Ross Macdonald

Phoebe Wycherly was missing two months before her wealthy father hired Archer to find her....

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The Zebra-Striped Hearse
Ross Macdonald

Strictly speaking, Lew Archer is only supposed to dig up the dirt on a rich man's suspicious...

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The Chill
Ross Macdonald

In The Chill a distraught young man hires Archer to track down his runaway bride. But no...

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The Far Side of the Dollar
Ross Macdonald

Has Tom Hillman run away from his exclusive reform school, or has he been kidnapped? Are his...

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Black Money
Ross Macdonald

When Lew Archer is hired to get the goods on the suspiciously suave Frenchman who's run off...

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The Instant Enemy
Ross Macdonald

At first glance, it's an open-and-shut missing persons case: a headstrong daughter has run off...

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The Goodbye Look
Ross Macdonald

Lew Archer is hired to investigate a burglary at the mission-style mansion of Irene and Larry...

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The Underground Man
Ross Macdonald

As a mysterious fire rages through the hills above a privileged town in Southern California,...

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Sleeping Beauty
Ross MacDonald

Lew Archer finds himself the confidant of a wealthy, violent family with a load of trouble on...

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The Blue Hammer
Ross Macdonald

The desert air is hot with sex and betrayal, death and madness and only Archer can make sense...

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