"For an ordinary man to get a bullet through his hat as he walked home at night would be something to talk about for years. Now, with me; just the price of a new hat--nothing more. The only surprise would be for the lad who fired the gun. He and his relatives would come in for a slow ride, with a shovel-ful of dirt at the end of it."
- Carroll John Daly,
The Snarl of the Beast (1927)
(Note - According to IMDb.com, The Snarl of the Beast has been acknowledged as the first private eye novel ever published)