The culprit must have known it was only a matter of time before I caught him.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The smell of body odor hung over them like a stinky mist, and he just hoped he wasn’t the worst culprit.
James Dashner -- The Scorch Trials
Because if word of it gets out, the culprits will have their first victory.
Neal Shusterman -- Unwind
Pop hissed into my ear who the culprit was, but I kept it to myself.
Piper Kerman -- Orange Is the New Black
There is nothing more disappointing than creating a new border only to see it fail to flourish, or to watch a row of beautiful alliums destroyed overnight by some slimy culprit.
Jojo Moyes -- Me Before You
Kit had no doubt at all who one at least of the culprits in the stocks would be, and neither, by the smug set of her pretty lips, had Judith.
Elizabeth George Speare -- The Witch of Blackbird Pond
They demanded a culprit — and Catherine O’Leary was the handiest target in sight.
Jim Murphy -- The Great Fire
The culprit is far too cunning to be apprehended for this dastardly deed.
Ellen Raskin -- The Westing Game
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Mightn’t he simply have run off, victim of amnesia, or become a fleeing culprit?
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
I asked, feeling a qualm of sympathy for the culprit.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
At least half the people in the room will know the culprit.
Khaled Hosseini -- And The Mountains Echoed
When rival thieves took up the racket, he suspended the stealing until the culprits were caught and the bakery owners dropped their guard.
Laura Hillenbrand -- Unbroken
They are the real culprits.
Erich Maria Remarque -- All Quiet on the Western Front
A week later, Ellsworth marched up to the teacher, laid the jelly beans, untouched, upon her desk and confessed his crime, without naming the other culprit.
Ayn Rand -- The Fountainhead
She did not seem to be surprised that I was the culprit.
Daphne du Maurier -- Rebecca
If anyone or anything set foot in our chicken house—if it had feet, that is—we would catch the culprit red-handed.
Barbara Kingsolver -- The Poisonwood Bible
And, in a moment after, Miss Ophelia, in high indignation, came dragging the culprit along.
Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Uncle Tom’s Cabin
They stood and stared at each other, pale as culprits.
Edith Wharton -- Ethan Frome
Ministry blunders…. culprits not apprehended…. lax security…. Dark wizards running unchecked… national disgrace…. Who wrote this?
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
It must be confessed, however, that the case looks exceedingly grave against the young man, and it is very possible that he is indeed the culprit.
Arthur Conan Doyle -- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
He stood over an empty box, his head swiveling around the room, looking for the culprit.
Stephenie Meyer -- The Host
I will hunt out the culprit and bring him to you.
Frank Beddor -- The Looking Glass Wars
It could have betokened nothing short of the anticipated execution of some noted culprit, on whom the sentence of a legal tribunal had but confirmed the verdict of public sentiment.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Scarlet Letter
A plunger revealed the culprit—a sanitary napkin, become quite unsanitary by that time.
Ellen Hopkins -- Burned
One of the culprits will be mazzolato; [*] he is an atrocious villain, who murdered the priest who brought him up, and deserves not the smallest pity.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
Every victim was a culprit, every culprit a victim, and somebody had to stand up sometime to try to break the lousy chain of inherited habit that was imperiling them all.
Joseph Heller -- Catch-22
There was no voice of rebuke; but there were averted eyes; there was a silence and an air of solemnity that struck a chill to the culprit’s heart.
Mark Twain -- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mr. Earnshaw snatched up the culprit directly and conveyed him to his chamber; where, doubtless, he administered a rough remedy to cool the fit of passion, for he appeared red and breathless.
Emily Bronte -- Wuthering Heights
Their arrival was dreaded by the elder Miss Bennets, and Jane more especially, who gave Lydia the feelings which would have attended herself, had she been the culprit, and was wretched in the thought of what her sister must endure.
Jane Austen -- Pride and Prejudice
That hiss, faint as it was, irritated the irascible gentleman, and sealed the culprit’s fate.
Louisa May Alcott -- Little Women
He had a hunch that the culprit (or culprits) intended something more serious than juvenile pranks.
Carl Hiassen -- Hoot
Without the prompting the culprit was used to, his confession was nonsense.
John Steinbeck -- East of Eden
The man would probably be condemned; the attorney-general was very clever, and never missed his culprits; he was a brilliant fellow who wrote verses.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
Once the town was terrorized by a series of morbid nocturnal events: people’s chickens and household pets were found mutilated; although the culprit was Crazy Addie, who eventually drowned himself in Barker’s Eddy, people still looked at the Radley Place, unwilling to discard their initial suspicions.
Harper Lee -- To Kill a Mockingbird
As Buck sprang to punish him, the lash of Francois’s whip sang through the air, reaching the culprit first; and nothing remained to Buck but to recover the bone.
Jack London -- The Call of the Wild
But he resolutely held the door of his tepee, inside which he had placed the culprit, and refused to permit the vengeance for which his tribespeople clamoured.
Jack London -- White Fang
Also, they stood about the door of the Jolly Bargemen, with knowing and reserved looks that filled the whole neighborhood with admiration; and they had a mysterious manner of taking their drink, that was almost as good as taking the culprit.
Charles Dickens -- Great Expectations
On March 24th the Camera named the probable culprit as ’tainted formula’.
Stephen King -- Misery
He charged his oldest wolf-son, Taha Wi, with finding the true culprit before hostilities began.
Stephenie Meyer -- Eclipse
An unhappy culprit, found guilty of imperfect exercise, approaches at his command.
Charles Dickens -- David Copperfield
Blame the wind and the rain and the sun and the earth: they cannot refute it, they are the culprits.
Kamala Markandaya -- Nectar in a Sieve
As the chief slowly uttered these words, pausing impressively between each sentence, the culprit raised his face, in deference to the other’s rank and years.
James Fenimore Cooper -- The Last of the Mohicans
Hagrid gave a howl of fury, lifted the culprit bodily from the ground and threw him; the man flew what looked like ten feet and did not get up again.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
All stood on two feet and turned their blind heads toward the culprit.
T. H. White -- The Once and Future King
But depredations on the neighbors were allowable, provided the culprit managed to evade detection or suspicion.
Harriet Jacobs -- Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Poor hygiene and lack of clean drinking water were the culprits, he said.
Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin -- Three Cups of Tea
The elder culprit had ceased from sobbing, and was hanging upon Tom’s words with an excited interest and a growing hope.
Mark Twain -- The Prince and The Pauper
Captain Anderson, his officers, and the engineers put their heads together, then posted a warning that if the culprit were detected, he would be thrown overboard without a trial.
Jules Verne -- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea