Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Great Lines

At the last Bouchercon I was on a panel with other "hard boiled" writers, talking about "tough guy" books. One of the questions was, "What's the best tough guy line," and one of my fellow panelists quoted something from, I think, a private eye novel:

"Lady, just because you give me a hard-on that doesn't mean you can lead me around by it."

Everyone agreed it was a great line.

I don't know. I can't really imagine someone saying it out loud to another person. It sounds like a writer's line, something a writer would write.

Or is that just me?

2 comments:

Sandra Ruttan said...

You might be right about that. It's funny, but it's almost a bit too clever.

Now, mind you, my husband is very witty and can come up with instant retorts. He still wouldn't say that, though. He's a gentleman.

Peter said...

Trust your instincts. It's too clever.
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