So Long, It's Been Good To Know Ya!
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.