It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story.— Agatha Christie
Glamorous Detective Stories quotations
Down these mean streets a man must go who is neither tarnished nor afraid
Detection is, or ought to be, an exact science, and should be treated in the same cold and unemotional manner. You have attempted to tinge it with romanticism, which produces much the same effect as if you worked a love-story or an elopement into the fifth proposition of Euclid.
It's a damn good story. If you have any comments, write them on the back of a check.
Listen, darling, tomorrow I'll buy you a whole lot of detective stories, but don't worry your pretty little head over mysteries tonight.
What I try to do is write a story about a detective rather than a detective story. Keeping the reader fooled until the last, possible moment is a good trick and I usually try to play it, but I can't attach more than secondary importance to it. The puzzle isn't so interesting to me as the behavior of the detective attacking it.
American violence is public life, it's a public way of life, it became a form, a detective story form. So I should think that any number of black writers should go into the detective story form.
What the detective story is about is not murder but the restoration of order.
Certainly going back to Sherlock Holmes we have a tradition of forensic science featured in detective stories.
Detective stories keep alive a view of the world which ought to be true.
Of course people read them for fun ... But underneath they feed a hunger for justice ... you offer to divert them, and you show them by stealth the orderly world in which we should all try to be living.
The Compleat Angler is acknowledged to be one of the world's books.
Only the trouble is that the world doesn't read its books, it borrows a detective story instead.
Eventually I would like to touch all the genres.
I would like to do some detective stories, and I want to do a Western. I would want to do humorous Westerns.
Boredom has been used as a technique, it is a device.
In Zen, boredom is used as a device: you are bored to death, and you are not allowed to escape. You are not to go outside, you are not to entertain yourself, you are not to do, you are not to talk, you are not to read novels and detective stories. No thrill. No possibility to escape anywhere.
As a professional writer of detective stories, I string along with the ballplayers. I love a ball game.
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.
I love the rabbit hole. I spend a lot of time looking at images, Google mapping, etc. I also love to read court transcripts, FBI files, stuff like that. You go through vast, boring stretches, but the voices are always so fascinating and slowly a story begins to emerge. It's very much like playing detective.
Of course the modern detective story puts off its best tricks till the last, but Doyle always put his best tricks first and that's why they're still the best ones.
Writing detective stories is about writing light literature, for entertainment.
It isn't primarily a question of writing propaganda or classical literature.
Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.
Where there's a will there's a detective story.
The detective story is the normal recreation of noble minds.
If I'm home with no chore at hand, and a package of books has come, the television set and the chess board and the unanswered mail will have to manage without me if one of the books is a detective story.
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 believe there's a landscape that exists underneath everything that we can see in present-day stuff. And I think that makes life kind of a detective story.
The good-news stories in medicine are early detection, early intervention.
Detective stories are the art-for-art's sake of yawning Philistinism.
The perfect detective story cannot be written.
The type of mind which can evolve the perfect problem is not the type of mind that can produce the artistic job of writing.
The cinema, like the detective story, makes it possible to experience without danger all the excitement, passion and desirousness which must be repressed in a humanitarian ordering of life.
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.
All science, even the divine science, is a sublime detective story.
Only it is not set to detect why a man is dead; but the darker secret of why he is alive.
A detective story generally describes six living men discussing how it is that a man is dead. A modern philosophic story generally describes six dead men discussing how any man can possibly be alive.
I read a lot of detective stories because they always deliver.
They give you a beginning, a middle, and an end - a resolution. The modern novels I read don't always deliver because I'm looking essentially for a story. As in Shakespeare, "The play's the thing." In particular I read detective stories for pacing, plot and suspense.
make no mistake about it, the detective-story is part of the literature of escape, and not of expression.
When I feel that I'm going to write a detective story, I buy a five pound box of chocolates and a ream of paper. When the candy is all gone and the paper all used up, I know that the book is long enough.
There's a structure to a detective story that I can easily understand.
I understand playing that particular game. It's like solving a puzzle. Or creating a puzzle.