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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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And Then There Were None is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Crime Novels
And Then There Were None Agatha Christie

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The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle

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

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

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

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The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Crime Novels
slaft added The Bourne Identity Robert Ludlum

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

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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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The Spy Who Came in from the C... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Crime Novels

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

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From Russia, with Love is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Crime Novels

The Best True Crime Novels Ever Written

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Eye of the Needle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Crime Novels
slaft added Eye of the Needle Ken Follett

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Tales of Mystery & Imagination is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Crime Novels

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The Postman Always Rings Twice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Crime Novels

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The Long Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler

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The Thirty-nine Steps is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Thirty-nine Steps John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

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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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The Talented Mr. Ripley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith

The Lamest Authors of All Time

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Presumed Innocent is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Deborah Harmeling added Presumed Innocent Scott Turow

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The Woman in White is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Woman in White Wilkie Collins

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Murder Must Advertise is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Murder Must Advertise Dorothy L. Sayers

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The Moonstone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Moonstone Wilkie Collins

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The Secret Adversary is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Crime Novels
slaft added The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie

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The Daughter of Time is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Daughter of Time Josephine Tey

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A Murder Is Announced is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Crime Novels
A Murder Is Announced Agatha Christie

K-Pop Idols Who Have Committed A Crime

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Murder on the Orient Express is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Kishore Narayan added Murder on the Orient Express Agatha Christie

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The Nine Tailors is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Nine Tailors Dorothy L. Sayers

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Farewell, My Lovely is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Farewell, My Lovely Raymond Chandler

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Gaudy Night is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Gaudy Night Dorothy L. Sayers

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Crime Novels
slaft added The Mystery of Edwin Drood Charles Dickens

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The Alienist is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Edward Reynolds added The Alienist Caleb Carr

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Devil in a Blue Dress is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Crime Novels
JohneCook added Devil in a Blue Dress Walter Mosley

The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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The IPCRESS File is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The IPCRESS File Len Deighton

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The Holcroft Covenant is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Crime Novels
slaft added The Holcroft Covenant Robert Ludlum

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Girl on the Train is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Guest_d10020db-cc32-4c2d-add8-05b07fa36a27 added Girl on the Train

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An American Tragedy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Crime Novels
PatriciaC.BradyCheney added An American Tragedy Theodore Dreiser

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Red Harvest is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Guest_3549622f-8714-457e-aad1-fa3b62f3640c added Red Harvest Dashiell Hammett

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The Poet by Michael Connelly is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Crime Novels
srs123 added The Poet by Michael Connelly

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The Glass Key is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Glass Key Dashiell Hammett

Weird Crime Facts Even The Most Seasoned True Crime Enthusiasts Probably Don't Know

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A Dark-Adapted Eye is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Crime Novels
A Dark-Adapted Eye Ruth Rendell

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The Hollow Man is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Hollow Man John Dickson Carr

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White Jazz is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Stephen Conley added White Jazz James Ellroy

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A Judgement in Stone is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Crime Novels
A Judgement in Stone Ruth Rendell

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The Dead of Jericho is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Dead of Jericho Colin Dexter

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The Franchise Affair is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Franchise Affair Josephine Tey

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Trent's Last Case is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Trent's Last Case E. C. Bentley

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The Tiger in the Smoke is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Tiger in the Smoke Margery Allingham