Ed McBain had some great lines. For example, from his classic 'The Gutter and the Grave':
"I’m a drunk. I think we’d better get that straight from the beginning. I drink because I want to drink."
"I pass for a man sometimes, but only because I once belonged to the human race."
"She was slightly smaller than her sister, but she still added up to a very big girl."
"This was a girl who was used to men, and she didn’t like them bearded and rumpled. She made me feel as if I should run to take a bath. I didn’t."