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Anybody who doesn't know that politics is crime has got a few screws loose.
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As a kid, I sensed history going on all around me, but the basic thrust of it didn't move me.
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As critical acclaim and response has built up, every interview I give is a chance to puncture the myth I've created about my work and refine it.
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As much as I transferred my mother to Elizabeth Shore of The Black Dahlia, as much as her dad mutated into an obsession with crime in general, well, I have thought about other things throughout the years.
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Every one of my books is written from the viewpoint of cops, with the exception of my book Killer on the Road, which is written from the viewpoint of a serial killer.
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I am a writer. I could not afford to take 15 months off from my writing career to play detective.
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I am conservative by temperament. I disapprove of criminal activity. I am very solidly and markedly on the side of authority. The truth is I would rather err on the side of too much authority than too little.
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I am the most well-adjusted human being I know. I started out this investigation as a very happy man with a great career. I've got the life people dream about: I am rich, I am famous, I've got a fabulous marriage to an absolutely, spell-bindingly brilliant woman.
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I don't know anybody in the underworld. I make this stuff up. I don't know any criminals.
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I feel very calm and poised underneath it all, but no less passionate or committed to the work. I won't go soft on you, but I feel calm inside.
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I have a very intense marriage.
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I haven't been to a movie in a year and a half.
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I like to be alone so I can write. But focus can hurt you. I don't want to be some stress casualty in early middle age.
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I love thinking about American history, thinking about LA history. I love brooding on crime.
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I put on such a good show, the story is outrageous, and people don't want to hear that I'm basically a reasonable human being. As long as it continues to get me print, I'll continue to perform in an exuberant manner.
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I want to see these bad, bad, bad, bad men come to grips with their humanity.
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I want to show the eroticism of monogamy. It's very easy to show a man and woman when they first get together, but showing them together for the long haul is something else entirely, and I very much want to show that.
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I was a WASP kid going to a high school that was 99 percent Jewish and I wanted attention and I wanted to make a spectacle of myself because I couldn't stand to be ignored.
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I would like to provoke ambiguous responses in my readers.
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I'm clenched down, I'm locked in on it, which is my general approach to life.
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I'm getting a wider circle of fans now. More women, more middle class people.
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I've been tremendously moved by a bunch of odd books. Ross McDonald is very important to me. I love the Lew Archer books.
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It was interesting to write directly about what things meant to me. A lot of the art of writing novels is in telling things by implication.
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It's my world, it's a very stylized world, it's the secret world that coexists within the outwardly more placid outer world that I actually live in, that you live in.
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My first novel, Brown's Requiem, was very heavily indebted to Raymond Chandler. He was an influence, but one that I've had an apostatsy regarding.
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My mother and I will continue on some level that I haven't determined yet. I think my mother's a great character, and I have to say that giving my mother to the world has to be the biggest thrill of my writing career.
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Noir is dead for me because historically, I think it's a simple view. I've taken it as far as it can go. I think I've expanded on it a great deal, taken it further than any other American novelist.
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Raymond Chandler is not a guy that I admire any more. I think his books are softheaded and full of bad writing.
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Raymond Chandler once wrote that Dashiell Hammett gave murder back to the people who really committed it.
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Rock and rollers can get you the youth buzz, and younger people are fanatical readers.
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The books that I have written that feature real-life characters are all reviewed by the legal departments of my publishers.
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The real-life characters that I use in my books are all dead or I wouldn't be able to use them. I would be liable.
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The truth of the matter is, you lose a parent to murder when you're 10 years old, and in fact at the time of the murder you hate your lost parent, my mother in my case.
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When I was a kid, Eisenhower had been President forever, and all of a sudden, everything in the world was all about Jack Kennedy. I was 12, interested in politics; my father was from Massachusetts, had an accent like Kennedy.
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