List of Famous Crime Writers People

List of Famous Crime Writers

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List of famous crime writers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top crime writers in the world? This includes the most prominent crime writers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable crime writers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic crime writers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned crime writers.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known crime writers to the lesser known crime writers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the crime writer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous crime writers ever?" and "What are the names of famous crime writers?" then you're in the right place. (43 items)
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    Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, DBE was an English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best known for the 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections she wrote under her own name, most of which revolve ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1890-1976)
    • Birthplace: Torquay, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: Witness for the Prosecution, Agatha Christie: Poirot, And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie's Marple
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    Patricia Cornwell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Crime Writers
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    Patricia Cornwell is a contemporary American crime writer. She is widely known for writing a popular series of novels featuring the heroine Dr. Kay Scarpetta, a medical examiner. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies. more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Crime writer, Journalist, Novelist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: At Risk, The Front, A.T.F.
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    James Ellroy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Crime Writers
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    Lee Earle "James" Ellroy is an American crime fiction writer and essayist. Ellroy has become known for a telegrammatic prose style in his most recent work, wherein he frequently omits connecting words and uses only short, staccato sentences, and in particular for the novels The Black Dahlia, The Big ...more

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    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Crime writer, Screenwriter, Essayist, Actor, Writer
    • Credits: L.A. Confidential, The Black Dahlia, Dark Blue, Street Kings, Rampart, + more
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    Robert B. Parker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Crime Writers
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    Robert Brown Parker was an American crime writer. His most famous works were the novels about the private detective Spenser. ABC television network developed the television series Spenser: For Hire based on the character in the mid-1980s; a series of TV movies based on the character were also produced.more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1932-2010)
    • Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Crime writer, Novelist, Writer
    • Credits: Appaloosa, Spenser: For Hire, A Man Called Hawk, Poodle Springs, Jesse Stone: Thin Ice, + more
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    Dashiell Hammett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Crime Writers
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    Samuel Dashiell Hammett was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories, a screenplay writer, and political activist. Among the enduring characters he created are Sam Spade, Nick and Nora Charles, and the Continental Op. In addition to the significant influence his novels and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1894-1961)
    • Birthplace: Maryland, United States of America
    • Profession: Novelist, Writer
    • Credits: The Maltese Falcon, Miller's Crossing, The Thin Man, Watch on the Rhine, City Streets, + more
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    Edgar Wallace is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Crime Writers
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    Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace was an English writer. Born into poverty as an illegitimate London child, Wallace left school at 12. He joined the army at 21 and was a war correspondent during the Second Boer War for Reuters and the Daily Mail. Struggling with debt, he left South Africa, returned to ...more

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    • Age: Died at 57 (1875-1932)
    • Birthplace: Greenwich, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Crime writer, Journalist, Novelist, Screenwriter, Playwright
    • Credits: King Kong, King Kong, King Kong, What Have You Done to Solange?, Revenge of the Living Dead Girls, + more
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    Elmore John Leonard, Jr. was an American novelist and screenwriter. His earliest novels, published in the 1950s, were Westerns, but Leonard went on to specialize in crime fiction and suspense thrillers, many of which have been adapted into motion pictures. Among his best-known works are Get Shorty, Out ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1925-2013)
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Crime writer, Novelist, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author
    • Credits: Justified, Jackie Brown, 3:10 to Yuma, Out of Sight, Get Shorty, + more
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    Stieg Larsson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Crime Writers
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    Karl Stig-Erland "Stieg" Larsson was a Swedish journalist and writer. He is best known for writing the "Millennium trilogy" of crime novels, which were published posthumously. Larsson lived much of his life in Stockholm and worked there in the field of journalism and as an independent researcher of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 50 (1954-2004)
    • Birthplace: Skelleftehamn, Sweden
    • Profession: Crime writer, Journalist, Writer
    • Credits: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, The Girl Who Played with Fire
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