One of my most favorite passages is this : "Well, I reckon that there's a lotta dames playin' around like Cactus Lizzie. They're afraid of spiders but they'd just as soon stick a stiletto into their boy friend as call for a chocolate sundae."
It's from page 4 of Peter Cheyney's tale "Dames Don't Care." For years and
years I thought he was an American writer, but he wasn't. He was a
Londoner. French illustrators adored his work. The USA preferred
Dashiell Hammett, until he was black listed.