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“Cops never took anything on faith, and disbelieved every story that was told them on principle until and unless they could confirm that the story was fact in all its essentials, and even then remained wary and unconvinced. Cop shops bred skeptics. Skeptics cherished few illusions about human nature, and therefore were seldom disappointed.”
“A quake a day was the norm in Alaska, where every day was a triumph of optimism over experience. Kate never took the ground beneath her feet for granted.”
“Why was it that the instant you sent someone a check, no matter how worthy the organization, the first thing they did was ask you for more? Irritating, and a waste of the money she had just sent them.”
Dana Stabenow, U.S. writer