Lady Clancarron to Lady Appleby, a Private View
Xav ID 577
2011-06-22 21:49:15

"Nothing is more infallibly indicative of bad morals than bad champagne."

—Lady Clancarron to Lady Appleby, A Private View, 1952, by Michael Innes

Milo Milodragovitch, Dancing Bear
Xav ID 577
2011-06-22 21:49:53

"Life has consequences."

—Milo Milodragovitch, Dancing Bear, 1983, by James Crumley

Sherlock Holmes to Watson, "the Boscombe Valley" the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Xav ID 577
2011-06-22 21:50:35

"There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact."

—Sherlock Holmes to Watson, "The Boscombe Valley," The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 1892

Fred Fitch, God Save the Mark
Xav ID 577
2011-06-22 21:51:28

"One nude woman is beautiful but a nudist colony is only silly."

—Fred Fitch, God Save the Mark, 1967, by Donald Westlake

Dr. Gideon Fell, the Crooked Hinge
Xav ID 577
2011-06-22 21:52:00

"Facts are piffle."

—Dr. Gideon Fell, The Crooked Hinge, 1938, by John Dickson Carr

Sherlock Holmes, the Valley of Fear
Xav ID 577
2011-06-22 21:52:34

"Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius."

—Sherlock Holmes, The Valley of Fear, 1914, by Arthur Conan Doyle

Advice Given to Lew Archer, Black Money
Xav ID 577
2011-06-22 21:53:24

"Never sleep with anyone whose troubles are worse than your own."

—advice given to Lew Archer, Black Money, 1966, by Ross Macdonald

"Supplementary Paper on Murder, Considered as One of the Fine Arts," Thomas De Quincey
Xav ID 577
2011-06-22 21:54:01

"If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination."

—"Supplementary Paper on Murder, Considered as One of the Fine Arts," Blackwood’s Magazine, November 1827, by Thomas De Quincey

Travis Mcgee, the Only Girl in the Game
Teri Duerr
2011-06-22 21:54:58

"Life is the process of finding out, too late, everything that should have been obvious to you at the time."

—Travis McGee, The Only Girl in the Game, 1960, by John D. MacDonald

Valentin, "the Blue Cross," the Innocence of Father Brown
Xav ID 577
2011-06-22 21:55:48

"The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic."

—Valentin, "The Blue Cross," The Innocence of Father Brown, 1911, by G.K. Chesterton

Lew Archer, the Drowning Pool
Xav ID 577
2011-06-22 21:56:36

"There’s nothing wrong with Southern California that a rise in the ocean level wouldn’t cure."

—Lew Archer, The Drowning Pool, 1950, by Ross Macdonald

Lord Henry Wotton to Dorian Gray, the Picture of Dorian Gray
Xav ID 577
2011-06-22 21:57:18

"Murder is always a mistake; one should never do anything that one cannot talk about after dinner."

—Lord Henry Wotton to Dorian Gray, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891, by Oscar Wilde

Nick Corey, Pop. 1280
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2011-06-22 21:57:58

"You might think it wasn’t real nice to kick a dying man, and maybe it wasn’t. But I’d been wanting to kick him for a long time, and it just never had seemed safe till now."

—Nick Corey, Pop. 1280, 1964, by Jim Thompson

—Zadig, Zadig; or the Book of Fate
Xav ID 577
2011-06-22 21:58:43

"It is better that a guilty man should be acquitted than that an innocent one should be condemned."

—Zadig, Zadig; or The Book of Fate, 1748, by Voltaire

Superintendent Perry Trethowan, Sheer Torture
Xav ID 577
2011-06-22 21:59:31

"Blood is certainly stickier than water."

—Superintendent Perry Trethowan, Sheer Torture, 1981, by Robert Barnard

Charlie Chan, Charlie Chan Carries On
Xav ID 577
2011-06-22 22:00:21

"The stupidest man in the town may point out the road to the school."

—Charlie Chan, Charlie Chan Carries On, 1930, by Earl Derr Biggers

Edward Leithen, the Power-House
Xav ID 577
2011-06-22 22:01:01

"Every man at the bottom of his heart believes that he is a born detective."

—Edward Leithen, The Power-House, 1916, by John Buchan

Frank Chambers, the Postman Always Rings Twice
Xav ID 577
2011-06-22 22:01:32

"Hell could have opened for me then, and it wouldn’t have made any difference. I had to have her, if I hung for it."

—Frank Chambers, The Postman Always Rings Twice, 1934, by James M. Cain

Miss Seeton, Miss Seeton Sings
Xav ID 577
2011-06-22 22:02:18

"Crime may pay, but the large rewards are reaped by the barons of the industry...."

—Miss Seeton, Miss Seeton Sings, 1973, by Heron Carvic

Lily Rowan, in the Best Families
Xav ID 577
2011-06-22 22:02:48

"I'm the only woman in America who has necked with Nero Wolfe. Nightmare, my eye. He has a flair."

—Lily Rowan, In the Best Families, 1950, by Rex Stout

Nate Heller, True Detective
Xav ID 577
2011-06-22 22:03:21

"I haven’t killed anybody all day. Help me keep it that way."

—Nate Heller, True Detective, 1983, by Max Allan Collins

Father Brown, "the Song of the Flying Fish," the Secret of Father Brown
Xav ID 577
2011-06-22 22:04:08

"If you convey to a woman that something ought to be done, there is always a dreadful danger that she will suddenly do it."

—Father Brown, "The Song of the Flying Fish," The Secret of Father Brown, 1927, by G.K. Chesterton

Tuppence Cowley and Tommy Beresford, Henceforth to Be Known as the Young Adventurers, Ltd., the Secret Adversary
Xav ID 577
2011-06-22 22:04:50

"Two young adventurers for hire. Willing to do anything, go anywhere. Pay must be good. No unreasonable offer refused."

—Tuppence Cowley and Tommy Beresford, henceforth to be known as The Young Adventurers, Ltd., The Secret Adversary, 1922, by Agatha Christie

Archie Goodwin, Some Buried Caesar
Xav ID 577
2011-06-22 22:05:35

"No man was ever taken to hell by a woman unless he already had a ticket in his pocket, or at least had been fooling around with timetables."

—Archie Goodwin, Some Buried Caesar, 1938

Quarry, the Broker’s Wife
Xav ID 577
2011-06-22 22:06:04

"If I thought life was cheap, I wouldn’t charge so much to take one."

—Quarry, The Broker’s Wife, 1976, by Max Allan Collins