Wiseguy Quotes

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"Grubby, tacky, low, slimy, shabby—I know there’s a better word for such behavior from a new widow. Try wrong. Yeah, that’s it." Basket Case by Carl Hiaasen
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Quote "'Who shot him?' I asked. The gray man scratched the back of his neck and said: 'Somebody with a gun.'" Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
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Quote "As much as Maggie hated to admit it, she was claustrophobic. An occupational hazard—ever since a madman stuffed her in a chest freezer and left her there to die." Stranded by Alex Kava
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Quote “He wrote heists the way Mozart wrote music. They were big and beautiful and made money like you wouldn't believe.” Ghostman by Roger Hobbs
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Quote “How was it, with every good intention every time, he'd wound up here on this rock in the middle of a lake, on the run from the law?” Heartbroken by Lisa Unger
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Quote “They could still only guess, suspect. They had no more to go on than they’d ever had....

“They could only find the proof in me—in what I was—and I’d never show it to ’em.” The Killer Inside Me
by Jim Thompson

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Quote “It's really a great personal tragedy to be so stupid.” A Necessary Action by Per Wahlöö
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Quote “Two rules: You enter without breaking. And you remember that nobody misses what you don’t take.” Aftershock by Andrew Vachss
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Quote “Maybe a good night's sleep was asking too much in her line of work. She chased killers for a living and in order to catch them she sometimes had to crawl inside their heads, walk around in their skin.” Fireproof by Alex Kava
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Quote “Mazarelle had learned that what really drives you crazy is when you know it’s hopeless, and there’s nothing you can do.” The Paris Directive by Gerald Jay
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Quote “What remained was a strange emptiness, as if a close relative had died. For many years the pain had been his constant companion; now it was gone. The fact brought him no relief or satisfaction.” The Steel Spring by Per Wahlöö
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Quote “Most people go through life using up half their energy trying to protect a dignity they never had.” The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
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Quote “Sit up straight.... You'll have plenty of time to lie down if I find out you've been lying.” The Real Cool Killers by Chester Himes
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Quote “Today something interesting happened. I died.” Black Out by Lisa Unger
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Quote “And he really wished he were smart; he would really have appreciated that quality.” The Leopard by Jo Nesbø
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Quote “It was true what they told you when you first came out: The longer you remained in the Far East, the less you understood.” The Last Six Million Seconds by John Burdett
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Quote “Theirs was a gang with no name. None was needed. No rival crew was going to claim the Badlands—the Cross crew was only a whispered rumor to most outlaws, but none wanted to test it.” Blackjack by Andrew Vachss
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Quote “Everything starts with a lie and ends with an apology.” Sorry by Zoran Drvenkar
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Quote “If the husband is always the prime suspect, the lover must be second in line.” White Shotgun by April Smith
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Quote “What we got now instead of guns, Billy thinks, is we got lawyers.” California Fire and Life by Don Winslow
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Quote “‘I knew I was in danger the whole time, darling,’ she whispered. ‘That was why I gave him the welcome drink as soon as he came through the door.’” Headhunters by Jo Nesbø
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Quote “Her mouth turned down at the corners again. Her bosom changed from a promise to a threat.” The Chill by Ross Macdonald
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Quote “I think if you need to use a gun you’re doing a lousy job as a detective.” Spade & Archer by Joe Gores
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Quote “Any time someone disagrees with me it bothers me some. It comes from thinking you’re always right.” Blind Man's Alley by Justin Peacock
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Quote “The possibility of finally learning the truth terrified me. The truth meant the end of illusions.” The Garden of Betrayal
by Lee Vance

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Quote “It was all extremely passionate and idealistic, which I have always found to be a very dangerous combination.” Dexter by Design
by Jeff Lindsay

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Quote “I kissed her. Her eyes were shining up at me like two blue stars. It was like being in church.” The Postman Always Rings Twice
by James M. Cain

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Quote “When I finally caught up with Abraham Trahearne, he was drinking beer with an alcoholic bulldog named Fireball Roberts in a ramshackle joint just outside of Sonoma, California, drinking the heart right out of a fine spring afternoon.” The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley
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Quote ‘How do you feel?’ ‘Terrible. I must’ve gone to bed sober.’ The Thin Man
by Dashiell Hammett

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Quote “Even if someone is overcome with rage, it takes amazing arrogance to kill.” Die For You,
by Lisa Unger

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Quote “Nothing scared me that night. I was driving. They were chasing me, and it felt like that was how it was supposed to be.” The Getaway Man,
by Andrew Vachss

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Quote “Obviously, you can choose to live a pointless life if you want to—watch the film backwards, for Christ’s sake, or hold the book upside down as you read it. But don’t kid yourself that if you do, you’ve understood anything.” Mind’s Eye,
by Håkan Nesser

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Quote “Death is never very pretty.” Cop Killer,
by Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö

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Quote “I loved her like a rabbit loves a rattlesnake.” Double Indemnity,
by James M. Cain

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Quote “They’re ok. Just young and drunk. Nothing wrong with that.” The Fifth Floor,
by Michael Harvey

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Quote “People always have secrets. It's just a matter of finding out what they are.” The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,
by Stieg Larsson

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Quote “A circus here, a circus there; here today, gone tomorrow. Big Brother watching you. Fear eats the soul.” Nineteen Seventy-Four,
by David Peace

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Quote “She was playing a game with us and her own mind, I thought, performing dangerous stunts on the cliff edge of reality, daring the long cloudy fall.” The Chill,
by Ross Macdonald

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Quote “She smelled so good I thought I might have to pull over to the side of the road and cry for awhile.” Bad Chili,
by Joe R. Lansdale

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Quote “The law is what I can get away with and stay out of jail.” Spade & Archer,
by Joe Gores

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Quote “I do not, as the shrinks put it so eloquently, have any sense of the reality of others. And I am not burdened by this realization.” Darkly Dreaming Dexter,
by Jeff Lindsay

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Quote “She gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket.” Farewell, My Lovely, by Raymond Chandler
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Quote ‘Is it criminal?’ ‘Of course.’ ‘Fair enough. For a thousand bucks I can listen. What do you want me to do?’ ‘I want you to murder me.’ Fletch said, ‘Sure.’ Fletch,
by Gregory Mcdonald

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Quote “I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn't care who knew it.” The Big Sleep,
by Raymond Chandler

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Quote “It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window.” Farewell, My Lovely,
by Raymond Chandler

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Wiseguy Quotes

"Grubby, tacky, low, slimy, shabby—I know there’s a better word for such behavior from a new widow. Try wrong. Yeah, that’s it." Basket Case by Carl Hiaasen More Wiseguys