My experience of life is that it is not divided up into genres; it’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you're lucky.— Alan Moore
Sublime Detective Fiction quotations
I've been as bad an influence on American literature as anyone I can think of.
It's a damn good story. If you have any comments, write them on the back of a check.
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.
Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.
There simply must be a corpse in a detective novel, and the deader the corpse the better.
It means that no matter what you write, be it a biography, an autobiography, a detective novel, or a conversation on the street, it all becomes fiction as soon as you write it down.
I enjoy doing the research of nonfiction; that gives me some pleasure, being a detective again.
I don’t mind if you don’t like my manners.
They’re pretty bad. I grieve over them during the long winter evenings.
The criminal is the creative artist; the detective only the critic.
I am talking about the general psychological health of the species, man.
He needs the existence of mysteries. Not their solution.
One of the biggest roles of science fiction is to prepare people to accept the future without pain and to encourage a flexibility of the mind. Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.
Reading my way all the way through Sherlock Holmes gave me a lifelong love for crime and detective fiction.
The problem with Maigret is he hasn't got a limp, and he hasn't got a lisp, and he hasn't got a French accent, or a particular love of opera... or all those other things that people tend to attach to many fictional detectives. He's just an ordinary guy doing an extraordinary job, in a very interesting time.
I think that is one of the things that is beautiful about fiction and that you can do through drama. If I was a detective, I could make a certain version of everything we know to be exactly true. And that would have a certain kind of truth value. And there are certain other things that we know that are emotionally true.
My father taught me to love detective fiction writers such as Raymond Chandler.
When I decided to have a hard-boiled detective series I did a lot of studying before I wrote the first book. I learned police procedure, the California criminal law, and many areas outside my expertise.
Anything that has to do with noir and space, I'm gonna love.
When you've got a noir-ish, pulpy detective in a science fiction show, I'm all in, in that regard.
Please help keep the world clean: others may wish to use it.
Logic is a systematic method of coming to the wrong conclusion with confidence. The only place success comes before work is a dictionary Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.
Detective fiction could not have existed without Edgar Allan Poe.
Marshall Jevons is the pioneer for integrating economics and detective fiction, and The Mystery of the Invisible Hand is another fine effort in this genre.
If you look at the best-seller list for American fiction, they're all sequels to detective stories or stories about hunting serial killers. That's what's called American fiction these days.
It is more important to detect corruption than fiction.
I often use detective elements in my books.
I love detective novels. But I also think science fiction and detective stories are very close and friendly genres, which shows in the books by Isaac Asimov, John Brunner, and Glen Cook. However, whilst even a tiny drop of science fiction may harm a detective story, a little detective element benefits science fiction. Such a strange puzzle.
Detective stories have nothing to do with works of art.
It's no secret - I love detective fiction.
One of the reasons I love being in London is because I like to watch all the shows on TV. I watch them all.