On this date in 1824, British novelist Wilkie Collins was born.
T.S. Eliot described The Moonstone as the first and greatest of English detective novels.
A quote from The Woman in White seems to have stood the test of time:
"There are foolish criminals who are discovered, and wise criminals who escape. The hiding of a crime, or the detection of a crime, what is it? A trial of skill between the police on one side, and the individual on the other. When the criminal is a brutal, ignorant fool, the police, in nine cases out of ten, win. When the criminal is a resolute, educated, highly-intelligent man, the police, in nine cases out of ten, lose."
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