Top 25 Detective Quotes

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“’True Detective’ did change my career.”

― Alexandra Daddario

“I read a lot of detective novels.”

― Caitlin Kittredge

“’True Detective’ would not pass The Bechdel Test.”

― Cary Fukunaga

“I read a lot of ‘Nancy Drew’ books as a kid and considered myself a bit of an amateur detective.”

― Chelsea Cain

“When I was younger, I watched all the detective shows.”

― Dennis Farina

“I used to work as a private detective years and years ago.”

― Errol Morris

“A detective sees death in all the various forms at least five times a week.”

― Evan Hunter

“Cinematic icons of the police detective are more male role models than female.”

― Frances McDormand

“Detective fiction could not have existed without Edgar Allan Poe.”

― Giles Foden

“One of my favorite parts of being an actress is being a detective.”

― Jessica Chastain

“My position is that of detective, confessor, vaudevillian, advocate. And devil’s advocate.”

― John J. McLaughlin

“I play a detective, very close to myself actually.”

― Jon Voight

“I’ve always had a great fondness for English detective fiction such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers.”

― Kazuo Ishiguro

“I think like a detective.”

― Laurell K. Hamilton

“I particular enjoy the crime writer, Walter Ellis Mosley. He does a series of Chandler-esque detective stories.”

― Lennie James

“The thing I don’t like about detective stories is looking for criminals.”

― Natsuo Kirino

“I’d be an absolutely appalling detective… Appalling.”

― Nicola Walker

“It’s totally different playing a lawyer and a detective.”

― Nicola Walker

“What the detective story is about is not murder but the restoration of order.”

― P. D. James

“My first two novels were quirky detective stories followed by a couple of SF/Fantasy novels.”

― Paul G. Tremblay

“A really good detective never gets married.”

― Raymond Chandler

“To read of a detective’s daring finesse or ingenious stratagem is a rare joy.”

― Rex Stout

“If Sherlock Holmes can survive the Reichenbach Falls, then surely we have not seen the last of Detective Sergeant John Munch.”

― Richard Belzer

“I’d love to do a Columbo-type detective character in a series.”

― Robert Carlyle

“I love the French detective series ‘Spiral.’ It’s quite brutal to watch, but I’m already hooked.”

― Robert Winston
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