In the pilot of Suits, in the scene during the hotel interview with Harvey,

Harvey asked how Mike knew they were cops. Mike said he read a novel when he was a kid that helped identify the hotel worker and other patron were cops. Mike also said he asked them for the time to throw them off because who would ask a cop for the time with a suitcase full of pot.

Is this book he's referring to real or something made up to help the plot of the pilot episode? If the book IS real, can someone tell me what the title/author is because I'm curious to read it too.

UPDATE: I think my question is part of the plot of this episode and of the series because if he didn't read that novel as a kid, didn't have photographic memory to remember the details of the book, wasn't super smart and observant with what he read in the book and noticing the sign regarding the swimming pool being closed, he would have walked into the sting operation in the hotel room and got arrested, never accidentally making it to the interview with Harvey, and we wouldn't have a show to watch for 9 seasons.

  • This is trivia. Unimportant trivia that does not add to the understanding or appreciation of the title is off-topic.
    – Paulie_D
    May 24, 2022 at 10:45
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    @Paulie_D, I don't think this is trivia. This is a reference to some book and if it's real, I want to see how much it mirrored the scene with the cops in the hallway. If you think my question should be closed, then look at this other question about props from Friends: movies.stackexchange.com/q/95672/3839
    – Classified
    May 24, 2022 at 14:13
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    Here's some more questions regarding props and references on this site. I think my question is valid but if everyone else thinks it should be closed, I'll delete it: movies.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/reference+props
    – Classified
    May 24, 2022 at 14:17
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    This is not trivia per say, it is asking for a REFERENCE, which may be quite relevant to the plot/story, which is why it may have been used as such in this particular scene. We have reference/allusion tags for this very reason. We won't know if it's meaningless unless someone asks the Q and can find thematic tissue. May 24, 2022 at 14:50
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    @Paulie_D, here's another question asking about a reference to a book in the movie The Equalizer. movies.stackexchange.com/q/85687/3839
    – Classified
    May 24, 2022 at 16:18


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