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I was a WASP kid going to a high school that was 99 percent Jewish and I wanted attention and I wanted to make a spectacle of myself because I couldnt stand to be ignored.
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It was easy not to think of my future; I didn't have one.

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The left one's the hospital, the right one's death. The right one steals your life while the left steals your breath. These hands are bad juju and the bad boogaloo, they're the teeth of the demon as he slides down the flue.

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It all came down to money - the great equalizer and common denominator.

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I would like to provoke ambiguous responses in my readers.

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I don't know anybody in the underworld. I make this stuff up. I don't know any criminals.

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Don't be so goddamn proper. Don't be such a fucking saint.

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Blue eyes so light that it looked like she sent them out to be bleached

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[Stoner] said you don't kill two women and just stop there. I disagreed. I told Bill he was unduly tied to cop empiricism. I said the San Gabriel Valley was this deus ex machina. The people who flocked there flocked there for unconscious reasons that superseded conscious application of logic and made anything possible. The region defined the crime. The region was the crime ... The region explained it all. The unconscious San Gabriel Valley migration explained every absurd and murderous act that went down there. Our job was to pin point three people within that migration.

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Future writers hide inside books and snort up the craft by enjoyment. They read and learn structure and style. Their curiosity points them to subject matter.

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If it would've been me, I would've left Hutch out of it. 'Cause Hutch, he was mean.

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