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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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411 83
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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389 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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287 94
Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Rebecca Daphne du Maurier

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221 81
The Maltese Falcon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett

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302 166
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

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222 106
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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185 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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200 100
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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177 98
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Crime Novels

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154 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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151 90
The Spy Who Came in from the C... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Crime Novels

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148 89
Eye of the Needle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Crime Novels
slaft added Eye of the Needle Ken Follett

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148 89
The Big Sleep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler

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142 87
From Russia, with Love is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Crime Novels

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119 81
The Postman Always Rings Twice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Crime Novels

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116 83
The Long Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Long Goodbye Raymond Chandler

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109 76
Tales of Mystery & Imagination is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Crime Novels

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122 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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115 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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108 89
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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98 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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88 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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46 30
Presumed Innocent is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Deborah Harmeling added Presumed Innocent Scott Turow

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88 86
The Moonstone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Moonstone Wilkie Collins

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72 77
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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77 84
The Nine Tailors is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Nine Tailors Dorothy L. Sayers

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74 83
Gaudy Night is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Gaudy Night Dorothy L. Sayers

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72 82
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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70 84
Farewell, My Lovely is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Farewell, My Lovely Raymond Chandler

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66 79
The Mystery of Edwin Drood is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Crime Novels
slaft added The Mystery of Edwin Drood Charles Dickens

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61 82
The Holcroft Covenant is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Crime Novels
slaft added The Holcroft Covenant Robert Ludlum

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15 11
The Alienist is listed (or ranked) 33 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) 34 on the list The Best Crime Novels
JohneCook added Devil in a Blue Dress Walter Mosley

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A Murder Is Announced is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Guest_eb1e2e2a-5484-46c9-907a-cfe3d5cd79e9 added A Murder Is Announced Agatha Christie

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53 81
The IPCRESS File is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The IPCRESS File Len Deighton

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54 86
An American Tragedy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Crime Novels
PatriciaC.BradyCheney added An American Tragedy Theodore Dreiser

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48 79
The Glass Key is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Glass Key Dashiell Hammett

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White Jazz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Stephen Conley added White Jazz James Ellroy

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43 78
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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32 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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34 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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29 74
A Judgement in Stone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Crime Novels
A Judgement in Stone Ruth Rendell

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28 73
The Franchise Affair is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Franchise Affair Josephine Tey

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25 68
Trent's Last Case is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Trent's Last Case E. C. Bentley

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25 74
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 70
Malice Aforethought is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Malice Aforethought Anthony Berkeley Cox

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23 73
The Moving Toyshop is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Crime Novels
The Moving Toyshop Edmund Crispin

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23 73
Cop Hater is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Cop Hater Evan Hunter

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25 79
The Sleepwalker Legacy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Crime Novels
EliasJuarez added The Sleepwalker Legacy Christopher Hepworth