And there it was, the threat and the bribe -- the very heart of Roman diplomacy.
                               -- Claudius Maximus
                              The Case of the Empty Tomb

"... when confronting a tough, gun-toting American, it is best to have a tough, gun-toting Canadian to back you up."
                                    -- Sherlock Holmes
                             The Canadian Adventures                                         of Sherlock Holmes
"Are you certain Brother Bartholomew was murdered?" Nicholas asked sincerely troubled by the entire affair.
"You may as well ask if I am certain the earth is flat," Thomas replied not hiding his resentment at such an insulting question.
                                                    To Know Evil