It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story.
The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.
They say that genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains," he remarked with a smile. "It's a very bad definition, but it does apply to detective work.
You can always tell a detective on TV. He never takes his hat off.
You see, but you do not observe.
What the detective story is about is not murder but the restoration of order.
Life's barely long enough to get good at one thing. So be careful what you get good at.
A detective sees death in all the various forms at least five times a week.
The private detective of fiction is a fantastic creation who acts and speaks like a real man. He can be completely realistic in every sense but one, that one sense being that in life as we know it such a man would not be a private detective.
The cops picked me up for attempted murder. I can still see the detectives, licking their chops. Thought they had me. Two weeks later, the cat came out of a coma and told the truth. I was innocent.
Every man at the bottom of his heart believes that he is a born detective.
With the Great Detective, to think was to act, and to act was to think. Frequently he could do both together.
To read of a detective's daring finesse or ingenious stratagem is a rare joy.
I know what kind of things I myself have been irritated by in detective stories. They are often about one or two persons, but they don't describe anything in the society outside.
A really good detective never gets married.
Well I think that the mind of a serial killer and the mind of the detectives represent the duality we face as people.
There certainly does seem a possibility that the detective story will come to an end, simply because the public will have learnt all the tricks.
I think these days an SF connection would be a boost to other books; I'm sure more people have read my two little detective puzzles because of the SF connection.
I play a detective, very close to myself actually.
I know when I was here prosecuting homicides in the District of Columbia, one of the most effective units here was the cold case squad, which had on it FBI agents, as well as Metropolitan Police Department homicide detectives working together.
I saw part of The Singing Detective on TV in New York. I said, Something is going on here.
I went to the premiere of The Detective with Sinatra, and perhaps people jumped to conclusions. He was very protective towards me and never came on to me sexually.
I have never read horror, nor do I consider The Exorcist to be such, but rather as a suspenseful supernatural detective story, or paranormal police procedural.
Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.
Dad made it to Gold Shield Detective, so he always busted Robin, my oldest brother, and me. Always got caught, whatever we were doing.
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