The Simple Art of Murder Quotes.

11. "The car slid along Los Angeles to Fifth, east to San Pedro, south again for block after block, quiet blocks and loud blocks, blocks where silent men sat on shaky front porches and blocks where noisy young toughs of both colors snarled and wise-cracked at one another in front of cheap restaurants and drug-stores and beer parlors full of slot machines. (Pickup on Noon Street)"
- Raymond Chandler, The Simple Art of Murder

12. "Carli’s was a small club at the end of a passage between a sporting-goods store and a circulating library. There was a grilled door and a man behind it who had given up trying to look as if it mattered who came in. (Smart-Aleck Kill)"
- Raymond Chandler, The Simple Art of Murder

13. "A hard-boiled redhead sang a hard-boiled song in a voice that could have been used to split firewood (Guns at Cyrano's)"
- Raymond Chandler, The Simple Art of Murder

14. "A dark woman with a sharp nose opened her mouth to yell and no sound came from her. There was the instant when nobody makes a sound, when it almost seems as if there will never again be any sound—after the sound of a gun. (Guns at Cyrano's)"
- Raymond Chandler, The Simple Art of Murder

15. "His clothes looked as if they had cost a great deal of money and had been slept in. (Guns at Cyrano's)"
- Raymond Chandler, The Simple Art of Murder

16. "Writers who have the vision and the ability to produce real fiction do not produce unreal fiction."
- Raymond Chandler, The Simple Art of Murder

17. "It was twenty-five minutes past nine when he got to the corner of Seventh and Spring, where the Metropole was. It was an old hotel that had once been exclusive and was now steering a shaky course between a receivership and a bad name at Headquarters. It had too much oily dark wood paneling, too many chipped gilt mirrors. Too much smoke hung below its low beamed lobby ceiling and too many grifters bummed around in its worn leather rockers. The blonde who looked after the big horseshoe cigar counter wasn’t young any more and her eyes were cynical from standing off cheap dates. (Nevada Gas)"
- Raymond Chandler, The Simple Art of Murder

18. "Her voice was as dead as the summer before last. (Nevada Gas)"
- Raymond Chandler, The Simple Art of Murder

19. "They went along a balcony that looked down over the dining room and the dance floor. The lisp of hot jazz came up to them from the lithe, swaying bodies of a high-yaller band. With the lisp of jazz came the smell of food and cigarette smoke and perspiration. The balcony was high and the scene down below had a patterned look, like an overhead camera shot. (Nevada Gas)"
- Raymond Chandler, The Simple Art of Murder

20. "Hammett wrote at first (and almost to the end) for people with a sharp, aggressive attitude to life. They were not afraid of the seamy side of things; they lived there. Violence did not dismay them; it was right down their street. Hammett gave murder back to the kind of people that commit it for reasons, not just to provide a corpse; and with the means at hand, not hand-wrought dueling pistols, curare and tropical fish. He put these people down on paper as they were, and he made them talk and think in the language they customarily used for these purposes"
- Raymond Chandler, The Simple Art of Murder

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