"Rhodes went to Wal-Mart before going back by the jail. He wanted to have a look at the jewelry counter because someone had told him once that a man couldn't go wrong if he gave jewelry as a gift. Rhodes wasn't sure that was true, but he couldn't think of anything else to get for Ivy. She might have been dropping subtle hints for months, but if she had, he hadn't caught them. He wasn't good at subtle hints. He needed something more blatant, like a direct statement, and there hadn't been anything like that."
--"The Empty Manger" by Bill Crider (2001)