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Without work, without direction, his thoughts were like a hamster on a wheel, circling and dancing with no destination and no possibility of arrival. With
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A society gets the criminals it deserves.

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He frowned as he struggled to remember. It was like watching an elephant crochet.

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I don't like fighting,' he said. 'It makes me hurt inside. Like I'm a kid again. In the cupboard, in the dark. If the grown-ups are fighting, it must be my fault. That's why I don't do rows.' He blinked hard, to keep the tears at bay. She was the only person in the world who could make him feel so exposed. It din't always feel like a good thing. 'Carol, I'm going home tomorrow. I can't manage without you. Not in any sense. So can we stop this no? I can't do it.

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It's only hunting you that keeps me from being you.

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I did want to be Joni Mitchell for quite a long time.

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I don't think of myself as Scottish or lesbian when I sit down and write. I am glad I have broken out of that limited audience.

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If you don't make the best-seller list, if you don't get shortlisted for any prizes, it's goodbye.

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I think that crime is a good vehicle for looking at society in general because the nature of the crime novel means that you draw on a wide group of social possibilities.

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It seems to me that one of the things that happened with a lot of literary fiction in the 1980s and 1990s was that it became very concerned with the academy and less with how people live their lives. We got to a point where the crime novel stepped into the breach. It was also a time when the crime novel stopped being so metropolitan.

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He looked so vulnerable and fallible, his shoulders slumped, his head down, that Carol's impulses overrode the decision she'd taken only minutes before to play it cool. She stepped forward and pulled Tony into a tight hug. 'If anyone can do it, you can,' she whispered against his chin like a cat marking its territory.

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What do you think, boy? is he just another lying bastard, or what?' 'Prrrt,' the cat said on a rising intonation, his eyes closed to slits. 'I thought you'd say that. I agree, I know how to pick them,

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Within the infant rind of this weak flower Poison hath residence and medicine power' Romeo and Juliet, II, iii

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I know that. I do watch Spooks.' Carol was surprised. 'You do? I don't.' 'You should. They do.

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Proportion than she

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He spread his hands in a self-deprecating gesture. 'Well, I'm not a cop. And I'm not a woman.' She couldn't resist. 'I had noticed.

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