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273 pages, Paperback
First published May 4, 1990
"There was one woman a couple of years ago. I was in love with her, only she disappeared. Well, that happens to a lot of people in this city [Berlin] ... Whatever the reason, my urge to procreate is nothing short of bestial, which of course women see in your eyes, and then leave you well alone."
"I figured that she probably preferred the kind of man who could think of himself as little more than a blank sheet of writing paper. And yet, almost in spite of her, I continued to find her attractive. For my taste she was much too concerned with the shade of her gold-spun hair, the length of her fingernails and the state of her teeth, which she was forever brushing. Too vain by half, and too selfish twice over."
"When a man's partner is killed he's supposed to do something about it. It doesn't make any difference what you thought of him. He was your partner and you're supposed to do something about it." - Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett