“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

Jim Chee & Joe Leaphorn Mysteries

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The Blessing Way
Tony Hillerman

Homicide is always an abomination, but there is something exceptionally disturbing about the...

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Dance Hall of the Dead
Tony Hillerman

Two Native-American boys have vanished into thin air, leaving a pool of blood behind them....

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Listening Woman
Tony Hillerman

The blind shaman called Listening Woman speaks of witches and restless spirits, of supernatura...

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People of Darkness
Tony Hillerman

A dying man is murdered. A rich man's wife agrees to pay three thousand dollars for the return...

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The Dark Wind
Tony Hillerman

The corpse had been “scalped,” its palms and soles removed after death. Sergeant Jim Chee of...

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The Ghostway
Tony Hillerman

Old Joseph Joe sees it all. Two strangers spill blood at the Shiprock Wash-O-Mat. One dies....

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Skinwalkers
Tony Hillerman

Three shotgun blasts rip through the side of Officer Jim Chee’s trailer as the Navajo Tribal...

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A Thief of Time
Tony Hillerman

At a moonlit Indian ruin—where "thieves of time" ravage sacred ground in the name of profit—a...

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Talking God
Tony Hillerman

Reunited by a grave robber and a corpse, Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn is...

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Coyote Waits
Tony Hillerman

The car fire didn't kill Navajo Tribal Policeman Delbert Nez—a bullet did. And the old man in...

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Sacred Clowns
Tony Hillerman

During a kachina ceremony at the Tano Pueblo, the antics of a dancing koshare fill the air...

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The Fallen Man
Tony Hillerman

Human bones lie on a ledge under the peak of Ship Rock mountain, the remains of a murder...

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The First Eagle
Tony Hillerman

For acting Lieutenant Jim Chee, the murder of a Navajo Tribal Police officer seems like an...

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Hunting Badger
Tony Hillerman

Three men raid the gambling casino run by the Ute nation and then disappear into the maze of...

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The Wailing Wind
Tony Hillerman

Officer Bernadette Manuelito found the dead man slumped over in the cab of a blue pickup...

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The Sinister Pig
Tony Hillerman

Sergeant Jim Chee of the Navajo Tribal Police is troubled by the nameless corpse discovered...

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Skeleton Man
Tony Hillerman

Certain that the simpleminded kid nailed for a robbery is innocent, Former Navajo Tribal...

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The Shape Shifter
Tony Hillerman

Retirement has never sat well with former Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn. Now...

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