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" A great review is great. A bad review is the worst. "
" The tragedy is that the police and inner city communities should be allies. Who suffers most from violent crime in America? Inner city communities. Who has a personal and professional interest in lowering that violence? Cops. "
" Producing words isn't a problem for me. And I usually write two books at a time. When one horse gets winded, you jump on the other. "
" You have to avoid what I call the 'smartest boy in class syndrome,' which is, just because you know it, you don't have to tell it. I often will go through a manuscript crossing stuff out, and say, 'This is just too much,' you know? "
" Don't kid yourself: The justice system is a business. It's about money. "
" I get started at 5:30 in the morning and write till 10 A.M. Then I hike six or seven miles before going back to work. "
" The bridge to Coronado Island off San Diego was built because the mob had a hotel there and needed a way to get people out there. "
" The novelist is the vestigial bone on the body cinema. We're like the little toe that can be cut off. "
" You know, I mean this sincerely, you know, I'm so grateful that I get to get up in the morning and do this, you know, and write books. "
" There are various kinds of savagery: emotional, spiritual, economic, and cultural savagery. "
" I have to remind the people who put down East Coast surfing that Kelly Slater is from Florida. "
" A writer who doesn't need the money gains power and is dangerous in a negotiation. "
" Police departments are always a reflection of the society that they serve. Is there such a thing as 'police culture?' Absolutely. Is that culture isolated form the surrounding society? Absolutely not. "
" As a novelist, you have to realise that the novel and the film have to live separate lives. They're just different, like your kids, even if they look alike. "
" Police work in major cities - and New York is no exception - has always been vulnerable to corruption. Teddy Roosevelt built his career on it. "
" We have contradictory expectations of police: We want to be perfectly safe and perfectly free. We want total security and total privacy. We want the bad guys stopped and the good guys unmolested. That's great for the consumer; try providing it. "
" I've been around the surf culture since I was a kid. I grew up in a beach town in Rhode Island. Then eventually I lived in Dana Point, Calif., a real surf hotbed. "
" For a while, many years ago, my job was to get mugged. My job was to walk around Times Square trying to get a mugger to attack me so that someone else could come in and arrest the mugger. "
" My earliest influence was Shakespeare - I read Shakespeare incessantly as a kid. "
" I used to joke that my next book would be about puppies that have lost a chew toy, and everywhere they went, people were nice and gave them things until they found the chew toy. "
" By any objective standard, Joaquin Guzman Loera is an evil man who has caused untold suffering for others. "
" As a writer, when you fall in love with a place, you want to spend more time in it, either physically or mentally, and so you write about it. "
" We always think of borders as something that separates two peoples but of course they unite them. It's something you have in common, literally. "
" I start work at 5 in the morning and I have a wicked insomnia problem. "
" So I thought I should write five pages a day. And that's what I did. Eventually I had a book. "
" I was very influenced by films and books like 'Serpico,' 'The French Connection,' and 'Prince of the City.' They were some of the reasons I became a crime writer. "
" I was a safari guide in the 1980s in Kenya. "
" As a surfer, I think of places like a wave: you see one thing on the surface. But you always know there's something different going on underneath. "
" It's funny because I think that genre literature can be looked down on by literature literature. And I like that! I like being scorned; I like people looking down their noses at us a little bit... It gives us a little chip on our shoulder. "
" I lived in mafia neighborhoods off and on when I was a kid. If you were in Little Italy, in East Harlem, in Brooklyn... Those neighborhoods were, in those years, dominated by mafia families. You knew it and you felt it, you know? "
" My problem is not that there are too few ideas out there. It's that there are too many. "