The private detective of fiction is a fantastic creation who acts and speaks like a real man. He can be completely realistic in every sense but one, that one sense being that in life as we know it such a man would not be a private detective.

Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) American novelist
Letter (19 Apr 1951)

Published in Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).

Added on 23-Feb-11 | Last updated 23-Feb-11
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