- Raymond Chandler (People)
"That ain't the half of it. See, this dame walks in and you shoulda seen the getaway sticks on her. Says something's hinky with her old man."
"D'ya put the screws to him?"
"You ain't kidding. He sang like a canary."
"Well, you're in luck, Philip Marlowe, because it's dessert for dinner tonight and I've got a whole sundae thing set up here."
With lines like "dead men are heavier than broken hearts," Raymond Chandler made detective pulp fiction respectable, giving hard-boiled crime tales mainstream credibility. In books such as The Big Sleep, Farewell, My Lovely and The Long Goodbye, Chandler kicked serious literary butt. For many, his greatest achievements were his artistic use of the vernacular and the creation of Philip Marlowe, a world-weary gumshoe who could walk the mean streets without being a mean man — tough but with an implacable honor. Keith Mars is a modern-day Marlowe to be sure, as Veronica recognizes when she greets her tired pop with ice cream.
- 1.06 "Return of the Kane"