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List Rules Crime novels. Vote up the best fictional books about crime.

There’s just nothing better than unwinding at the end of a stressful work week by sinking into a good book! One of the most popular book genres is the crime category – who doesn’t love a murder mystery that features tons of twists and turns with every turn of the page? What are the best crime novels of all time? Vote up those you think are best below and see where they rank.

Some of the most famous authors of all time have truly mastered the art the captivating crime novel and fascinating detective characters, including famous novelists like Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, Wilkie Collins, Dorothy L. Sayers, Arthur Conan Doyle, Eric Ambler, and Edgar Allan Poe.

The novels on this list are classics in the world of literature, and many of them were eventually turned into movies as well! This list has been ranked by the community and if you’re an avid reader, you probably recognize many of these titles.

This list features the best crime novels including The Spy Who came in from the Cold, Farewell My Lovely, The Maltese Falcon, The Name of the Rose, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes, The Nine Tailors, and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Vote up the best crime novels below or add one you love if it isn't already on the list.
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The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Crime Novels

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+ - 406 81
The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle

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+ - 384 85
And Then There Were None is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Crime Novels
And Then There Were None Agatha Christie

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+ - 283 93
Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Rebecca Daphne du Maurier

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+ - 216 80
The Maltese Falcon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett

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+ - 300 164
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

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+ - 219 104
The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Bourne Identity Robert Ludlum

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+ - 183 87
The Day of the Jackal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Day of the Jackal Frederick Forsyth

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+ - 197 100
The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco

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+ - 175 96
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Crime Novels

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+ - 152 89
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Agatha Christie

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+ - 146 88
Eye of the Needle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Eye of the Needle Ken Follett

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+ - 146 88
The Big Sleep is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler

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+ - 148 90
The Spy Who Came in from the C... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Crime Novels

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+ - 140 86
From Russia, with Love is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Crime Novels

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+ - 118 80
The Postman Always Rings Twice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Crime Novels

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+ - 115 82
The Long Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler

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+ - 108 76
Tales of Mystery & Imagination is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Crime Novels

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+ - 121 92
The Talented Mr. Ripley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith

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+ - 112 85
Strangers on a Train is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Strangers on a Train Patricia Highsmith

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+ - 107 88
The Thirty-nine Steps is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Thirty-nine Steps John Buchan^! 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

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+ - 97 94
The Woman in White is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Woman in White Wilkie Collins

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+ - 87 84
Murder Must Advertise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Murder Must Advertise Dorothy L. Sayers

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+ - 87 86
The Moonstone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Moonstone Wilkie Collins

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+ - 42 30
Presumed Innocent is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Presumed Innocent Scott Turow

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+ - 77 83
The Nine Tailors is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Nine Tailors Dorothy L. Sayers

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+ - 71 77
The Secret Adversary is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie

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+ - 74 82
Gaudy Night is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Gaudy Night Dorothy L. Sayers

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+ - 72 81
The Daughter of Time is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Daughter of Time Josephine Tey

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+ - 69 83
Farewell, My Lovely is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Farewell, My Lovely Raymond Chandler

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+ - 65 79
The Mystery of Edwin Drood is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Mystery of Edwin Drood Charles Dickens

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+ - 61 81
The Holcroft Covenant is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Holcroft Covenant Robert Ludlum

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+ - 14 10
The Alienist is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Alienist Caleb Carr

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+ - 14 12
Devil in a Blue Dress is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Devil in a Blue Dress Walter Mosley

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+ - 52 81
The IPCRESS File is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The IPCRESS File Len Deighton

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+ - 53 86
An American Tragedy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Crime Novels
An American Tragedy Theodore Dreiser

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+ - 2 0
A Murder Is Announced is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Crime Novels
A Murder Is Announced Agatha Christie

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+ - 48 78
The Glass Key is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Glass Key Dashiell Hammett

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+ - 1 0
White Jazz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Crime Novels
White Jazz James Ellroy

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+ - 43 77
The Hollow Man is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Hollow Man John Dickson Carr

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+ - 31 72
The Dead of Jericho is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Dead of Jericho Colin Dexter

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+ - 32 76
A Dark-Adapted Eye is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Crime Novels
A Dark-Adapted Eye Ruth Rendell

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+ - 28 72
The Franchise Affair is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Franchise Affair Josephine Tey

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+ - 25 67
Trent's Last Case is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Trent's Last Case E. C. Bentley

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+ - 28 74
A Judgement in Stone is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Crime Novels
A Judgement in Stone Ruth Rendell

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+ - 25 73
The Tiger in the Smoke is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Tiger in the Smoke Margery Allingham

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+ - 22 69
Malice Aforethought is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Malice Aforethought Anthony Berkeley Cox

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+ - 23 72
Cop Hater is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Cop Hater Evan Hunter

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+ - 23 72
The Moving Toyshop is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Moving Toyshop Edmund Crispin

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+ - 25 78
The Sleepwalker Legacy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Sleepwalker Legacy Christopher Hepworth