Monday, January 01, 2018

Come on, crime!

"Alas, Sergeant, I've been immersed in the terra-cotta ornamentation of Renaissance facades, and other such trivialities, since I saw you last. But I'm happy to note that crime is picking up again. It's a deuced drab world  without a nice murky murder now and then, don't y' know."

(from The Greene Murder Case, by S. S. Van Dine) Philo Vance evidently shared Sherlock Holmes' opinion that life was not living without a crime to solve, and that the underworld almost owed him that much just to keep him entertained.

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