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Great (or at least memorable) Closings in Private Eye Fiction & Films

WARNING: May contain spoilers.

  • "It was easy."
    -- Mike Hammer in Spillane's I, The Jury, when Charlotte asks him how he could shoot her in the stomach.

  • "The stuff that dreams are made of."
    -- from the John Huston's film version of The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett. Bogart's adlibbed the line, a response to when one of the cops asks Spade what "that" thing is.

  • "Forget it, Jake! It's Chinatown."
    --from the Roman Polanski's film, Chinatown, when J.J. Gittes' pal holds him back, trying to calm him down.

  • "My name is Matt... and I'm an alcoholic."
    -- Matt Scudder in Eight Million Ways to Die by Lawrence Block.

  • "Forgive the bitch. Case closed."
    --
    Jill Fitzpatrick in film version of The Monkey's Mask.

Preliminary list compiled by Kevin Burton Smith. Suggested additions welcome.


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