Sentenced, from Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway
By the power vested in me by Her Majesty’s Government, I hereby take you in charge for the crimes of Murder, Arson, Treason, Terrorism, Banditry, and Brigandage. I have always wanted to arrest someone for Brigandage…
– Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway
This line tickled my fancy when I came across it towards the end of the book. Not to give any spoilers, but the book has some well earned tense moments towards the end, good vs. bad, end of the world, all that. And then, you get a line like this. ‘Brigandage’, the word is completely silly, even if it is a perfectly good word.
Both as a tension breaker and as simply a great line this one really just works, if you ask me.