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#1. I had a big Akita, Yoshi, who was fabulous. I loved him. We lost him when he was 12, and I've never been able to replace him. Normally, most people lose a pet and get another and keep going on. But it just felt wrong to me; it felt disloyal. - Author: Robert Crais
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#2. Bishop had the muscle tone of Jell-O. Rossi - Author: Robert Crais
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#3. Some of us find our way with a single light to guide us; others lose themselves even when the star field is as sharp as a neon ceiling. Ethics may not be situational, but feelings are. We learn to adjust, and, over time, the stars we use to guide ourselves come to reside within rather than without. - Author: Robert Crais
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#4. Lucy said, The law is an adversarial contest that defines justice as staying within the rules and seeing the game to its conclusion. Justice is reaching a conclusion. It has very little to do with right and wrong. The law gives us order. Only men and women can give us what you want to call justice. - Author: Robert Crais
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#5. She asked me why I always had something flip to say. I said that I didn't know, but having been blessed with the gift, I felt obliged to use it. - Author: Robert Crais
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#6. There was a quality of loneliness to her that comes when your only friend walks away and you don't know why and there's no one else and never will be. A left-behind look. - Author: Robert Crais
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#7. Quite a few of the dogs that come back from Afghanistan or Iraq or police dogs that are involved in violent confrontations where there's gunfire can in fact exhibit the symptoms and suffer from PTSD. - Author: Robert Crais
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#8. She fingered the card and looked at the younger man. "James Edward, did you offer the man a cool drink?" James Edward said, "You want a Scrapple? - Author: Robert Crais
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#9. Los Angeles is the evolutionary edge. - Author: Robert Crais
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#10. People want you to be ordinary. - Author: Robert Crais
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#11. He went out the front door. The sun was blinding after being in the dim house. He walked back to Perry's car, feeling like a boat without a rudder, trapped in a current. He had no place to go and no idea what to do. - Author: Robert Crais
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#12. When you see someone, all you see is what they let you see. - Author: Robert Crais
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#13. Solitude was a spell that freed her. - Author: Robert Crais
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#14. People worked us across the plaza and down to the parking structure. I moved with the crush of bodies the way a leaf is carried by the wind, a part of an unseen world, yet not. - Author: Robert Crais
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#15. Daniel said, all serious, "I asked you, you seen a zombie? They got'm here in this place, I know for a fact." Tolley - Author: Robert Crais
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#16. Efficiency and focus are the keys to success. - Author: Robert Crais
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#17. Everyone knows dogs. Most people love dogs. I think most American families probably have a dog, but I don't think people really realize or understand just how wonderful and special dogs are. - Author: Robert Crais
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#18. Videographer stopped taping and looked me up and down as if he found me lacking but wasn't quite sure how. Then it hit him. "Don't you have a gun?" He glanced around the office as if there might be one hanging on a wall hook. - Author: Robert Crais
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#19. I think every writer of detective fiction writing today has been influenced by Mr. Parker. I'm of a generation that followed Robert Parker, and it was impossible to read the genre and not be influenced by him. - Author: Robert Crais
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#20. Sometimes I am so dry that people don't know I'm kidding and think I'm being serious. I enjoy this because their reactions are often funny. - Author: Robert Crais
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#21. No other animal bonds to a human being the way a dog does. And I suspect there is no other animal to which human beings can bond the way we can bond to a dog. - Author: Robert Crais
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#22. My fiction is almost always inspired by a character's need or desire to rise above him- or herself. No one is perfect and some of us have much adversity in our lives; it is those people who struggle to rise above their nature or background that I find the most interesting and heroic. - Author: Robert Crais
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#23. My family was all police and hard hats at the refineries; they didn't know what to think about me. So I became a closet writer. - Author: Robert Crais
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#24. Dogs give us something just as we give something to them. - Author: Robert Crais
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#25. Scott let Maggie out the rear, clipped her lead, and hurried to catch up as Sims and another Fugitive dick brought out Estelle Rolley. Rolley looked like a walking skeleton. Street officers called this "the meth diet." Cowly - Author: Robert Crais
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#26. shoulder cast climbed - Author: Robert Crais
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#27. I tried to reject everything I knew as a TV writer when I decided to be a novelist, and the books didn't work. Finally I realized I should go back to all the techniques I'd learned. - Author: Robert Crais
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#28. My books come to me in images, and sometimes the image is at the beginning of the book, and sometimes it's simply a flash somewhere in the middle. - Author: Robert Crais
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#29. As a man gets older, his regrets changes. Especially when he's gotten into the Scotch. - Author: Robert Crais
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#30. Nothing smelled worse than the death of another human being. Not horses or cattle or rotten whales washed onto a beach. Human death was the smell of what hid in the future, waiting for you. - Author: Robert Crais
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#31. I have this horrible weakness. I fall in love with my characters. 'Suspect' started as a one-shot, but I just love Maggie so much, and I love Maggie and Scott and what they have going. - Author: Robert Crais
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#32. I love the fact that you collaborate with your readers when you write a book. - Author: Robert Crais
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#33. That dog is a Marine! - Author: Robert Crais
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#34. So when it comes to Elvis and Joe, I have to trust my instincts, because they've gotten me here. And I have to write what I believe in, what I find moving. - Author: Robert Crais
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#35. I have these huge black foam boards on the wall, and tacked to them, I have these white punch cards with my story ideas, scenes and notes. - Author: Robert Crais
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#36. Criminals did not have friends. They had associates, suppliers, fences, whores, sugar daddies, enablers, dealers, collaborators, co-conspirators, victims and bosses, any of whom they might rat out and none of whom could be trusted. - Author: Robert Crais
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#37. Truly said, We've talked to people, Mr. Cole. You've an outstanding reputation for diligence, and your integrity is above reproach. - Author: Robert Crais
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#38. Pike hung up. He knew he couldn't convince Darko with more talk. Darko would have to convince himself, and now he would either show or he wouldn't. - Author: Robert Crais
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#39. The sense of smell in all dogs is their primary doorway to the world around them. - Author: Robert Crais
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#40. I put my Corvette in the carport, and met him at the kitchen door. Pike said, "Nice eye." No hello, no hey, are you all right? "Clark do that?" You can always count on your friends for humor. - Author: Robert Crais
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#41. Being a friend is hard." "If it was easy, anyone could do it." "I love smart women." "Smart women love you." "I'd better go." "Call me later. - Author: Robert Crais
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#42. People want you to be ordinary. They don't like it when people are different. They don't like it when a man soars over their heads while they stand in the dirt. People hate you when you're special; it reminds them of everything that they aren't - Author: Robert Crais
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#43. A fine layer of ash had blown into the carport, showing a single set of cat prints going from the side of the house to the cat hatch built into my door. People in Minnesota see things like this with snow. - Author: Robert Crais
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#44. I glanced at Pike, but Pike was staring out the front door. Intimidating the neighborhood. I said, Maybe he mentioned a buddy who worked at a Shell Station or an ex-con he would have drinks with. - Author: Robert Crais
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#45. Everything we are is anchored in our childhoods. The drama comes in how we deal with it. Are we slaves to our past, or can we rise above it? This is the stuff of great stories. - Author: Robert Crais
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#46. Pike put down the cat. He slid from Pike's arms like molasses and puddled at his feet. - Author: Robert Crais
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#47. The begging snapped into a sharp muffled shriek, just one, just the one terrible muted cry. Krista couldn't move. She stared at the door as if it were a nightmare painting from Hieronymus Bosch's personal, tortured hell. Then - Author: Robert Crais
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#48. The birds scratch the seed out of the feeder, then fly down to the deck to eat the seed. They know there's a cat, but still they go down to pick at the seed. When you think about it, people are often like this, too. - Author: Robert Crais
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#49. When dogs fulfill their roles they are ecstatically happy. - Author: Robert Crais
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#50. A dog could see your heart in your eyes, Budress told him, and dogs were drawn to our hearts. - Author: Robert Crais
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#51. I write characters and stories that move me, and I write from the heart. - Author: Robert Crais
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#52. The relationship between a military working dog and a military dog handler is about as close as a man and a dog can become. You see this loyalty, the devotion, unlike any other and the protectiveness. - Author: Robert Crais
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#53. There's the Hollywood sign; there's Griffith Observatory; there's the great, amazing Los Angeles Basin. It's 465 square miles of insanity and the best food on the planet. - Author: Robert Crais
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#54. This man took my last son. No one could claim my hurt, or my anger. No one could have a greater claim on this one's life." Her voice was tight and fierce. She patted Ray's arm. "There's been enough killing down here. We have to find a way to live without the killing. - Author: Robert Crais
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#55. A man with friends is the wealthiest man in the world. - Author: Robert Crais
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#56. I admire people who re-create themselves. And it seems to me that what gives us all the opportunity to be heroic in our own lives is that we work to heal ourselves and be better than we were yesterday. - Author: Robert Crais
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#57. At Lackland Air Force Base, they make an effort to retrain military dogs that suffer from PTSD. It's a lengthy, long process. The treatment is much the same as it would be for people, but it's a difficult road back. - Author: Robert Crais
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#58. Maggie reached the door well before Scott, and saw another door ahead. The intruder and another man were waiting beyond it. Ten thousand generations filled her with a guardian's rage. Scott was hers to care for, and hers to keep. She - Author: Robert Crais
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#59. The beer came and I said, "Joe, I'm thinking that there is something larger here than an attorney's zealous defense of his client." The master of understatement. - Author: Robert Crais
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#60. I began to encounter real-life stories of dogs protecting their wounded or dying or dead handler ... or dogs refusing to leave the bodies of the people they were bonded to, sitting in cemeteries for days or sometimes weeks. You find these stories endlessly. - Author: Robert Crais
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#61. Martin nodded, his head snapping up and down. He was wearing baggy gray sweatpants and no shirt. His torso was soft and undeveloped and covered with a thick growth of fine hair. He squinted against the bright morning sun. Yeah, sure. What do you want? - Author: Robert Crais
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#62. It's easy to sound good. All you do is leave in the parts where you act tough and forget the parts where you get shoved around. - Author: Robert Crais
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#63. I really strive to bring something new to each book. I don't want to write the same book over and over again. - Author: Robert Crais
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#64. Stalking the Angel
[Joe]"I could off anybody in this place five times over."
[Elvis]"Could you off someone and get away with you here?"
[Joe]Head shake. "I'm too good even for me. - Author: Robert Crais
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#65. Cole's interest was a tell. He wasn't expressing casual curiosity. He was all business, and carried himself like a man with a need to know. Scott didn't like the way Cole's friends were staring, like a couple of lions waiting to pounce. "I'd rather speak alone." "We're good." Cole - Author: Robert Crais
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#66. If my vision was good enough, I'd be an astronaut. - Author: Robert Crais
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#67. I was digging for stuff in a used bookstore, and I came upon 'Little Sister.' I fell in love with Chandler that night. I fell right down the rabbit hole of crime fiction. - Author: Robert Crais
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#68. I'll bet you $10 right now that there are an awful lot of literary writers who started a long time ago and now they find themselves in this place where secretly they feel trapped. And you know what they really read for fun? They read crime fiction. - Author: Robert Crais
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#69. Giving them room is often the better part of valor, especially when you're trying not to make things worse. - Author: Robert Crais
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#70. I don't think about the gender of my readers or about reader expectations. I'm frankly scared to. I figured out a long time ago that if I tried to guess the audience, it would be like me trying to guess which stocks to buy. - Author: Robert Crais
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#71. There isn't so much love in the world that you can turn it away when it's offered. - Author: Robert Crais
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#72. Pike didn't know what he would find or if he would find anything, but the Malibu's back seat was filled with their duffels and sleeping bags. Pike checked to make sure no one was watching, then used a jiggler key to open the car. Pike - Author: Robert Crais
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#73. L.A.'s magic has let me see every level of the dream. - Author: Robert Crais
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#74. My first job was cleaning dog kennels. It was especially, ah, aromatic during those hot, humid Louisiana summers, but it prepared me for Hollywood. - Author: Robert Crais
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#75. Adults always wonder what to say and how to say it when they're talking to a child. You want to be wise, but all you are is a child yourself in a larger body. Nothing is ever what it seems. The things that you think you know are never certain. I know that now. I wish that I didn't, but I do. - Author: Robert Crais
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#76. People come to L.A. because they're chasing that dream of a better life. That's why I came here, because I thought it would be a place where I would find other people like me; people who wanted to write, people who had a dream of being something else. And that proved to be true. - Author: Robert Crais
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#77. I don't think it's safe. What if they're waiting for me?" "Elvis would wave us away." "How does he know?" Pike didn't bother answering. He was already missing the silence. - Author: Robert Crais
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#78. What they smell isn't the emotion of fear. What dogs can smell is the changes in a person's skin that suggest fear to the dog, anxiety, the way your skin sweats, the amount of uric acid that suddenly pours out of your pores. - Author: Robert Crais
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#79. He nodded, approving. When he nodded, the two lesser attorneys nodded, too. No one had bothered to introduce them, but they didn't seem to mind. - Author: Robert Crais
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#80. Lucy took a single plain donut from the bag and held it for me to take a bite. Tender and light and still warm from the frying. Not too sugary. - Author: Robert Crais
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#81. 'Prove yourself brave, truthful, and unselfish, and someday you will be a real boy.' The Blue Fairy said that. In Pinocchio. - Author: Robert Crais
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#82. Stone checked his watch. Tempus fugit. "Gotta - Author: Robert Crais
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#83. He made a sympathetic shrug, then spread his hands. Flexibility, my friend. Flexibility is the key to all happiness. Remember that. - Author: Robert Crais
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#84. Muthuhfuckin' muthuhfucker! I oughta come over there kick your ass myself, worryin'me like this? I got your back homes! I got your back! - Author: Robert Crais
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#85. Cole stared at the Pinocchio clock, then a small ceramic figurine of Jiminy Cricket a client had given him. Let your conscience be your guide. Everyone needed a Jiminy. - Author: Robert Crais
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