I specialize in murders of quiet, domestic interest.
The popular idea that a child forgets easily is not an accurate one. Many people go right through life in the grip of an idea which has been impressed on them in very tender years.
I’ve always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes he gets all the worry and only half the royalties.
I live now on borrowed time, waiting in the anteroom for the summons that will inevitably come. And then – I go on to the next thing, whatever it is. One doesn’t, luckily, have to bother about that.
If one sticks too rigidly to one’s principles, one would hardly see anybody.
Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them.
It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story.
Never do anything yourself that others can do for you.
Every murderer is probably somebody’s old friend.
There is nothing more thrilling in this world, I think, than having a child that is yours, and yet is mysteriously a stranger.
It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.
Any woman can fool a man if she wants to and if he’s in love with her.
One doesn’t recognize the really important moments in one’s life until it’s too late.
Too much mercy… often resulted in further crimes which were fatal to innocent victims who need not have been victims if justice had been put first and mercy second.
I married an archaeologist because the older I grow, the more he appreciates me.