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Det. Nick Ruskin (Character)
from Kiss the Girls (1997)

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Kiss the Girls (1997)
Det. Davey Skes: Sure picks lookers, doesn't he?
Alex Cross: Yeah, he does. But you know these women are more than just attractive. They're all extraodinary in some way. Smart, talented.
Det. Davey Skes: He ain't choosing them just for their congeniality.
Alex Cross: Ordinarily, they don't, but I think our guy is a little different.
Detective Nick Ruskin: How so?
Alex Cross: I think killing's not his ulterior motive. This guy's a collector. I bet these women are alive.
Det. Davey Skes: Come on, doc. Our boy's brain is soft as a two-minute egg and nothing personal, but I figure every one of them gals is tied to a tree just waiting to get found.
Alex Cross: Think about it, Sikes. The three you found were killed out of sequence. They weren't even among the first abducted.
Det. Davey Skes: That's right.
Detective Nick Ruskin: That don't mean they're not still out there.
Alex Cross: But you would have found them by now. He makes absolutely no attempt to hide 'em and the way they were killed, very revealing. That last long walk through the woods.
Kyle Craig: Marching to their fate.
Alex Cross: Exactly. The rape, cutting off their hair.
Kyle Craig: It's punishment.
Alex Cross: Maybe for violating some trust.

Detective Nick Ruskin: How are you feeling, by the way? You feel like you're getting back on your feet?
Dr. Kate McTiernan: I guess if I felt solid anywhere it should be in this house. I've been in it one way or another my whole life. It was my great aunt's. But I don't know. It's just different now. Something's off. I used to walk in the middle of the night down to the corner market for a quart of milk.
Detective Nick Ruskin: That's true. I mean, people just get complacent. It happens.
Dr. Kate McTiernan: Would you please hand me the big chopping knife.
Detective Nick Ruskin: The department gives courses of self-defense.
Dr. Kate McTiernan: I've been thinking about spending more time at the dojo.
Detective Nick Ruskin: Kick boxing's fine, but that's not what I mean. I'm talking prevention. We teach things like, uh, varying your routine. Keeping your lights on at night. Maybe getting a dog. I'm sorry. Does this bother you?
Dr. Kate McTiernan: It's good. I need to hear it.
Detective Nick Ruskin: Just simple things like, um, carrying personal alarms. Taking your garbage out the morning of. Not using cordless phones. Anyone with a scanner can listen in.
Dr. Kate McTiernan: What does taking your garbage out the morning of have to do with anything?
Detective Nick Ruskin: Night before, anyone can tear through it.
Dr. Kate McTiernan: Who in the world possibly cares how much tuna I eat?
[hands Nick the knife]
Dr. Kate McTiernan: Would you rinse this for me, please?
Detective Nick Ruskin: Think about it. A guy could come by, say, Tuesday night, 3 in the morning, dump your trash in one of those 30-gallon plastic sacks. Haul it down to an abandoned lot and bingo! There it is. What a lady eats, how often she shaves. He can even tell a lady's time of the month. Anything you want to know. What kind of lipstick she wears, and used condoms. How often's she gettin' it? Twice a week? Three times? The same guy, different guys?
[losing accent]
Detective Nick Ruskin: Of course, that doesn't apply to you. Let's face it. In your case, it's been quite awhile. Not since that, that surgeon. What? Six, seven months ago? You were special, Kate. Do you have any idea how much time I gave you? Months. Yes, months. I sacrificed for you, but now I'm going to show you sacrifice. What are you going to do? Are you going to cut me? Do it!
[Kate cuts Nick's stomach]
Detective Nick Ruskin: Good girl.

Alex Cross: Don't do it, Nick.
Dr. Kate McTiernan: Alex.
Alex Cross: Let's talk about it, ok? You want to put the lighter down, Nick? Please?
Detective Nick Ruskin: She has to know.
Alex Cross: She knows, Nick.
Detective Nick Ruskin: Then why don't you shoot me?
Alex Cross: Ah, I don't think so. Muzzle flare, room full of gas, all that, you know? Look, Nick I'm gonna put the gun down. Look, see? There now. How's that? I want you to think about this, Nick. If you do this, no one will ever understand.
Detective Nick Ruskin: Oh, don't mind fuck me!
Alex Cross: No, I'm not, Nick.
Detective Nick Ruskin: See Kate? It's all about building rapport. You use the subject's first name, and your tone, you gotta keep it soft and steady.
Alex Cross: Establish eye contact, seek his level.
Detective Nick Ruskin: You wanna know the truth, Alex? You're the one who really needs help.
Alex Cross: Well, enlighten me, Nick. Tell me what the truth is.
Detective Nick Ruskin: Truth is looking at a beautiful woman, like our Kate here, and saying to yourself, I gotta have that. I gotta break her down. It's your basest animal self. Dig deep, Alex. You'll recognize him. He's ugly.
Alex Cross: I've run into him now and then.
Detective Nick Ruskin: Go ahead. Reach for the Glock and take me down before I tell you about the 10 days I spent with Naomi. 10 days, Doc. Things she'd never tell you. My brown sugar, face like an angel. Perfect, every inch of her. You never knew Naomi. Not like I did. Deep down, you envy me that. Say it.
Alex Cross: I don't work like you. I don't, hate.
Detective Nick Ruskin: You only wish you had the courage. Good night, sweet Kate.
[Alex shoots and kills Nick through a carton of Milk before he can kill Kate]
Detective Nick Ruskin: .
Alex Cross: Kate. It's alright Kate.

Detective Nick Ruskin: [while driving through college campus] We've liasoned with the campus police, posted fliers. Figure someone had to see somethin important.
Alex Cross: An environment fit for blending. For you a security nightmare. For him, paradise.
Detective Nick Ruskin: We're gonna get this animal.