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  • They brought something out in me that was unsavory.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • And as you know, a certain senator was just revealed to be involved in some very unsavory business.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • They are much used for unsavory business.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I pressed down the aisle crowded with people, mostly servicemen, and near the vestibule found the fountain, where I trickled warm unsavory-looking water into a paper cup.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • Ben considers me good, and I don’t disturb this faith: he doesn’t need my more unsavory truths.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • He wasn’t merely an unsavory drunken brute, but an unsavory, clever drunken brute.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Bad Beginning
  • —Soooo, Hasan said, stretching the word until it implied any number of things, all unsavory.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • The situation was unsavory to say the least.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • To avoid being rolled by the unsavory characters who rule the streets and freeway overpasses where he slept, he learned to bury what money he had before entering a city, then recover it on the way out of town.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Most of the Overlook’s history — savory and unsavory alike — I found in a scrapbook that was in the cellar.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining

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  • These youngsters, following the lead of Rhett Butler, went hand in hand with the Carpetbaggers in money-making schemes of unsavory kinds.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Finishing last in three successive parades had given Lieutenant Scheisskopf an unsavory reputation, and he considered every means of improvement, even nailing the twelve men in each rank to a long two-by-four beam of seasoned oak to keep them in line.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He would learn when a shipment of cannonball spiders was leaving a factory, and then, using a reprogrammed Glass Eye as intermediary to protect his identity, he would sell this information to certain unsavory individuals.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Her characterization of Uncle Pio flatly contradicted the stores of unsavory testimonies that he had acquired elsewhere.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • When not more profitably employed, the sperm whale hunters sometimes capture the Hyena whale, to keep up the supply of cheap oil for domestic employment—as some frugal housekeepers, in the absence of company, and quite alone by themselves, burn unsavory tallow instead of odorous wax.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • If you are a professor, you have to deal with some pretty unsavory characters and some questionable works.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Then he noticed a gangling figure in the second row, the figure of an elderly man with a long, slack face that seemed faintly familiar to him, though he could recall nothing about it, except a vague’ memory, as of a photograph seen in some unsavory publication.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Elva’s eyes glowed with unsavory glee.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • There was the unsavory product other unscrupulous merchants might sell.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Then Dr. Urbino returned to the first page of the letter and plunged once again into the flood of unsavory revelations that might have changed his life, even at his age, if he could have convinced himself that they were not the ravings of a dying man.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • "It’s a mystery," she’d say with a wink, and this only added to the whispered speculations of the townspeople not only that Mabel’s past was a bit unsavory, but that she had more than a couple of broken cups in the china cabinet.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • They did, but the coarseness of their dialect, even though only a few li from Tongkou, told me a lot about the unsavory quality of the people who lived here.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Until the Americans could copy it, there were three unsavory alternatives: they could continue losing contact with the Russians; they could station valuable attack subs at the known exits from the route; or they could set up a whole new SOSUS line.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • At almost every hut they visited, food would appear, a great deal of it unsavory to both of them—items from what Paul called "the fifth food group"—and, making faces at each other when their hosts weren’t looking, they pretended to munch happily on things like meat-filled pastries that smelled like sweat.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • For as all, but more particularly the ministers of the region, since they most guardedly and reservedly represented their congregations in every instance, unanimously saw it, here was a notorious and, of course, most unsavory trial which had resulted in a conviction with which the more conservative element of the country—if one could judge by the papers at least, were in agreement.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Jack had scraped the hide but it was uncured and decidedly unsavory.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • With drugs and other unsavory methods any man can be broken.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Hedge knights had an unsavory reputation.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Thoren Smallwood swore that Craster was a friend to the Watch, despite his unsavory reputation.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • I’d shoot him if he tried anything unsavory.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • Holmes knew she had an unsavory associate named "Hatch."
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Cabmen: The Russian expression here is likhacht-fashionable cab drivers who had an unsavory reputation as a class.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • But among the first section, there had been no threats, veiled or overt, no weird or unsavory offers or suggestions.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • We’ve had to travel far and consult with many an unsavory character to patch this together, so treat it like gold.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • I am glad to know it, for one hears such unsavory stories at times—gentlemen being found in opium dens and forced into sanitariums for it.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • Her husband, James Reynolds, a speculator with an unsavory reputation, commenced to blackmail Hamilton, until the point when he, Reynolds, went to prison for an earlier swindle.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Instead the boy found his catspaw among the unsavory lot of freeriders, merchants, and camp followers who’d attached themselves to the king’s party as they made their way north.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • It is highly unsavory of you to exploit the difficult stories of sex workers as an argument against sex work as a profession at a time when sex workers are finally making some headway in creating safety for themselves.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Their caution was understandable; it was a district to be avoided, although not necessarily because of unsavory inhabitants, for the Moscow police were ruthlessly thorough in such areas, but because of the stretch of decrepit buildings.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • A good dozen swords had responded to the Stark woman’s plea for help: the Harrenhal man, the three Brackens, a pair of unsavory sellswords who looked as though they’d kill him as soon as spit, and some fool field hands who doubtless had no idea what they were doing.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • In the mixture of revolution and conspiracy chat Naphta had served up to his hearers, Herr Settembrini responded, the obscurantist element had predominated in a most unsavory fashion.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • — Come, bitter conduct, come, unsavoury guide!
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • He was evidently quite contented, and awaited evens with perfect calm; he even seemed to enjoy Brogard’s unsavoury fare.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • A barrister’s profession is such an uncertain thing, especially if he won’t undertake unsavoury cases; and naturally Torvald has never been willing to do that, and I quite agree with him.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • I turned and surveyed the unsavoury length of the ship.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Doomed by his own choice, therefore, as Mr. Dimmesdale so evidently was, to eat his unsavoury morsel always at another’s board, and endure the life-long chill which must be his lot who seeks to warm himself only at another’s fireside, it truly seemed that this sagacious, experienced, benevolent old physician, with his concord of paternal and reverential love for the young pastor, was the very man, of all mankind, to be constantly within reach of his voice.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Heavenly stranger, please to taste These bounties, which our Nourisher, from whom All perfect good, unmeasured out, descends, To us for food and for delight hath caused The earth to yield; unsavoury food perhaps To spiritual natures; only this I know, That one celestial Father gives to all.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Jo fights it out at his crossing among the mud and wheels, the horses, whips, and umbrellas, and gets but a scanty sum to pay for the unsavoury shelter of Tom-all-Alone’s.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Down the driveway to the left comes Grace herself, walking with her head lowered, flanked by two unsavoury-looking men he supposes to be prison guards.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • She was also part of the colony’s jet set, which has its share of unsavoury characters.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
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