15+ quotes from A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton

Quotes from A is for Alibi

Sue Grafton ·  308 pages

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“Except for cases that clearly involve a homicidal maniac, the police like to believe murders are committed by those we know and love, and most of the time they're right - a chilling thought when you sit down to dinner with a family of five. All those potential killers passing their plates.”
― Sue Grafton, quote from A is for Alibi


“You try to keep life simple but it never works, and in the end all you have left is yourself.”
― Sue Grafton, quote from A is for Alibi


“I don't know what is love about and I'm not sure I believe in it anyway.”
― Sue Grafton, quote from A is for Alibi


“People can hold out just so long and then they fold.”
― Sue Grafton, quote from A is for Alibi


“You kill people you hate or you kill in rage or you kill to get even, but you don't kill someone you're indifferent to.”
― Sue Grafton, quote from A is for Alibi


“A lot of people were mistaken about a lot of things.”
― Sue Grafton, quote from A is for Alibi


“My own mystery, unplumed, undetected, was sorted into files that were neatly labeled but really didn't say much.”
― Sue Grafton, quote from A is for Alibi


“There were pieces missing yet but they would fall into place and then maybe the whole of it would make sense.”
― Sue Grafton, quote from A is for Alibi


“So far, I felt like I had a lapful of confetti and the notion of piecing it all together to make a picture seemed very remote indeed.”
― Sue Grafton, quote from A is for Alibi


“Haven’t you ever heard of compromise?” “Oh sure,” I said. “That’s when you give away half the things you want. That’s when you give the other guy half of what’s rightfully yours. I’ve done that lots of times. It sucks.”
― Sue Grafton, quote from A is for Alibi


“Vegas tends to affect me that way, some combination of tension and dread to which my body responds with all the symptoms of incipient flu.”
― Sue Grafton, quote from A is for Alibi


“The basic characteristics of any good investigator are a plodding nature and infinite patience. Society has inadvertently been grooming women to this end for years.”
― Sue Grafton, quote from A is for Alibi


“Except for cases that clearly involve a homicidal maniac, the police like to believe murders are committed by those we know and love, and most of the time they’re right—a chilling thought when you sit down to dinner with a family of five.”
― Sue Grafton, quote from A is for Alibi


“I don’t know what love is about and I’m not sure I believe in it anyway.”
― Sue Grafton, quote from A is for Alibi


“A man in a nylon bikini, with that little knot sticking out in front, isn’t half as interesting as a man in a good-looking business suit. Charlie”
― Sue Grafton, quote from A is for Alibi


About the author

Sue Grafton
Born place: in Louisville, Kentucky
Born date April 24, 1940
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