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The Best Crime Novels 

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Updated June 8, 2019 13k votes 1.5k voters 63.5k views 60 items

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 Sherlo... 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
Agatha Christie
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The Hound of the Baskerv... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Arthur Conan Doyle
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Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Daphne du Maurier
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The Maltese Falcon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Dashiell Hammett
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Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Gillian Flynn
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The Murder of Roger Ackr... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Agatha Christie
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The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Umberto Eco
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The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Crime Novels
slaft added Robert Ludlum
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The Day of the Jackal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Frederick Forsyth
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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier,... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Crime Novels
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The Big Sleep is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Raymond Chandler
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The Spy Who Came in from... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Crime Novels
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Eye of the Needle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Crime Novels
slaft added Ken Follett
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From Russia, with Love ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Crime Novels
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The Long Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Raymond Chandler
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The Postman Always Rings... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Crime Novels
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Tales of Mystery & I... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Crime Novels
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The Thirty-nine Steps is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Crime Novels
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
Patricia Highsmith
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The Talented Mr. Ripley ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Patricia Highsmith
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Murder on the Orient Exp... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Kishore Narayan added Agatha Christie
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The Woman in White is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Wilkie Collins
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Murder Must Advertise is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Dorothy L. Sayers
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The Moonstone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Wilkie Collins