"Compensation," Essays: First Series, Ralph Waldo Emerson
Super User 2
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:06

"Commit a crime, and the world is made of glass."

—"Compensation," Essays: First Series, 1841, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Race Williams, the Tag Murders
Super User 2
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:06

"In the heart of every man lurks the germ of a crook."

—Race Williams, The Tag Murders, 1930, by Carroll John Daly

Tommy Hambledon, They Tell No Tales
Super User 2
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:06

"Beauty draws me with a single hair if it is blonde enough."

—Tommy Hambledon, They Tell No Tales, 1941, by Manning Coles

Jeff Peters of Andy Tucker in "the Octopus Marooned"
Super User 2
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:06

"Whenever he saw a dollar in another man's hands he took it as a personal grudge, if he couldn't take it any other way."

—Jeff Peters of Andy Tucker in "The Octopus Marooned," The Gentle Grafter, 1908, by O. Henry

Mortimer Brewster, Arsenic and Old Lace
Super User 2
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:06

"Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops!"

—Mortimer Brewster, Arsenic and Old Lace, 1941, screenplay by Joseph Kesselring

Augustus Maltravers, the Latimer Mercy
Super User 2
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:06

"It's so pointless, there has to be a point."

—Augustus Maltravers, The Latimer Mercy, 1985, by Robert Richardson

Lady Clancarron to Lady Appleby, a Private View
Super User 2
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:06

"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
Super User 2
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:06

"Life has consequences."

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

Sherlock Holmes to Watson, "the Boscombe Valley" the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Super User 2
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:06

"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
Super User 2
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:06

"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
Super User 2
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:06

"Facts are piffle."

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

Sherlock Holmes, the Valley of Fear
Super User 2
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:06

"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
Super User 2
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:06

"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
Super User 2
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:06

"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
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:06

"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
Super User 2
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:06

"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
Super User 2
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:06

"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
Super User 2
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:06

"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
Super User 2
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:06

"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
Super User 2
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:06

"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
Super User 2
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 05:06

"Blood is certainly stickier than water."

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

Charlie Chan, Charlie Chan Carries On
Super User 2
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 06:06

"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
Super User 2
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 06:06

"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
Super User 2
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 06:06

"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
Super User 2
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 06:06

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

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