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"Of course, the last person to see him never commits the crime. That would make it too easy. One of these days I shall write a book in which two men are seen to walk down a cul-de-sac, and there is a shot and one man is found murdered and the other runs away with a gun in his hand, and after twenty chapters stinking with red herrings, it turns out that the man with the gun did it after all."
Lord Peter Wimsey, The Five Red Herrings
"Keaton was a cop. To a cop the explanation is never that complicated. It's always simple. There's no mystery to the street, no arch criminal behind it all. If you got a dead body and you think his brother did it, you're gonna find out you're right."
Verbal Kint, The Usual Suspects
"You can't just throw stuff like this into the story out of nowhere...! Where's the foreshadowing?! I - I mean, okay, so Zazie has been the most suspicious member of our class since God-knows-when, but still...!"
"How about we have the word 'twist' written in thirty-foot neon lights! You're being so subtle!"
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