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Raymond Chandler: The Lady in the Lake

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Derace Kingsley marched briskly behind about eight hundred dollars’ worth of executive desk and planted his backside in a tall leather chair. He reached himself a panatela out of a copper and mahogany box and trimmed it and lit it … Continue reading

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Dorothy L. Sayers: Gaudy Night

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There is no chance assembly of people who cannot make lively conversation about drains.

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Raymond Chandler: The Long Goodbye

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Crime isn’t a disease, it’s a symptom. Cops are like a doctor that gives you aspirin for a brain tumour, except that the cop would rather cure it with a blackjack. We’re a big, rough, rich, wild people and crime … Continue reading

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Reginald Hill: Under World

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But down here survival was too far beneath hope to make a motive, and the darkness was fetid with doubt and accusation. Time for the bottom line, as the Yanks put it. Place for a bottom line too. And the … Continue reading

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Martin Cruz Smith: Gorky Park

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‘I just wanted you to know exactly where you stood. You’re not here legally. You’re not here illegally either, because then you’d have a leg to stand on. You’re simply not here at all, and there’s no way you can … Continue reading

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Reginald Hill: Deadheads

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‘Clever fellow, our Patrick. Very clever.’ ‘Sir,’ said Pascoe determinedly. ‘Do you still suspect him of something?’ ‘Me? No. Why should I? A lot of people have died, it’s true. But there’s always people dying, isn’t there? And we’ve no … Continue reading

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Lionel Davidson: The Rose of Tibet

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‘I understand it’s a fine place. they’re very comfortable there. They have good food, doctors, everything. It’s actually a monastery for women. What they call it, is Yamdring.’

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John Dickson Carr: The Devil in Velvet

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I had been long anticipating the moment when my reading of the CWA’s top 100 crime and mystery books eventually brought me to The Devil in Velvet. It’s going to take a lot to beat the oddity of this book’s … Continue reading

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H. R. F. Keating: The Murder of the Maharajah

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‘Good lad. Remember, we’re here to see that things are done in this country the right way. It isn’t easy. We wouldn’t have been put here if it was. So we’ve got to do our best, always. All right?’ H. … Continue reading

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Anthony Price: The Labyrinth Makers

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Funerals meant going outside, into the field, among strangers. And he was not a field man, never had been and never wanted to be. The back room among the files and the reports was his field. It was far more … Continue reading

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