Survival was my only hope, success my only revenge.
I believe the root of all evil is abuse of power.
Being with someone who is smart and gives good advice adds tremendously wonderful elements to your life.
I didn't invent forensic science and medicine. I just was one of the first people to recognize how interesting it is.
Even when I am writing I usually take a break around lunchtime and go for a little walk to clear out my head.
In my forties, my optimism was boundless. I had really good health and tremendous success which allowed me to do anything I wanted.
First of all, it does not deter crime, the death penalty.
The greatest gift is our own eyes, sense of smell, and abilities to deduce.
If everybody, every day, would try to do one thing that pulls them beyond themselves the world will start being a better place.
Botox not only helps with wrinkles, it actually makes you feel more relaxed as frowning causes tension.
Everyone is doing forensics.
I've never taken a scalpel to a dead body.
I refuse to sit on my laurels.
Night fell clean and cold in Dublin, and wind moaned beyond my room as if a million pipes played the air.
I like crazy shoes or unusual cowboy boots and I collect big belt buckles.
On the last morning of Virginia's bloodiest year since the Civil War, I built a fire and sat facing a window of darkness where at sunrise I knew I would find the sea.
Even if you are a best-seller you feel insecure because it is all so unpredictable.
I'm always surprised when large numbers of people buy my books.
I wouldn't want to donate my body for scientific study.
I find it difficult to attend autopsies. Especially the smells.
I've always believed human blood is red because it really needs to draw attention to itself.
I dropped chemistry. I practically blew up the lab in college.
The biggest risk with a series that goes on this long is that you'll get bored with the character.
In the first person, the readers feel smart, like it's them solving the case.