Unspeakable Crimes The Best Crime Novels  

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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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518 102
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Crime Novels

2
459 96
And Then There Were None is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Agatha Christie

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450 98
The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Arthur Conan Doyle

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317 109
Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Daphne du Maurier

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247 102
The Maltese Falcon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Dashiell Hammett

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332 192
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Gillian Flynn

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242 128
The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Crime Novels
slaft added Robert Ludlum

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221 116
The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Umberto Eco

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207 106
The Day of the Jackal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Frederick Forsyth

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200 112
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Crime Novels

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191 105
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Agatha Christie

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169 99
The Spy Who Came in from the C... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Crime Novels

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166 102
The Big Sleep is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Raymond Chandler

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165 103
From Russia, with Love is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Crime Novels

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165 105
Eye of the Needle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Crime Novels
slaft added Ken Follett

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129 88
Tales of Mystery & Imagination is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Crime Novels

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130 93
The Postman Always Rings Twice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Crime Novels

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132 98
The Thirty-nine Steps is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Crime Novels
John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

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129 95
The Long Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Raymond Chandler

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128 96
Strangers on a Train is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Patricia Highsmith

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136 108
The Talented Mr. Ripley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Patricia Highsmith

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109 105
The Woman in White is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Wilkie Collins

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98 97
Murder Must Advertise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Dorothy L. Sayers

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96 96
The Moonstone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Wilkie Collins

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59 47
Presumed Innocent is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Deborah Harmeling added Scott Turow

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83 87
The Secret Adversary is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Crime Novels
slaft added Agatha Christie

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88 95
The Daughter of Time is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Josephine Tey

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86 97
The Nine Tailors is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Dorothy L. Sayers

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22 7
A Murder Is Announced is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Agatha Christie

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81 93
Farewell, My Lovely is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Raymond Chandler

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81 96
Gaudy Night is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Dorothy L. Sayers

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15 2
Murder on the Orient Express is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Kishore Narayan added Agatha Christie

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71 92
The Mystery of Edwin Drood is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Crime Novels
slaft added Charles Dickens

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23 23
The Alienist is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Edward Reynolds added Caleb Carr

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21 26
Devil in a Blue Dress is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Crime Novels
JohneCook added Walter Mosley

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61 92
The IPCRESS File is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Len Deighton

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65 99
The Holcroft Covenant is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Crime Novels
slaft added Robert Ludlum

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13 14
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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60 98
An American Tragedy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Crime Novels
PatriciaC.BradyCheney added Theodore Dreiser

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4 4
Red Harvest is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Guest_3549622f-8714-457e-aad1-fa3b62f3640c added Dashiell Hammett

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5 6
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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47 83
A Dark-Adapted Eye is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Ruth Rendell

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51 92
The Glass Key is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Dashiell Hammett

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48 90
The Hollow Man is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Crime Novels
John Dickson Carr

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38 81
A Judgement in Stone is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Ruth Rendell

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36 82
The Dead of Jericho is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Colin Dexter

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2 12
White Jazz is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Stephen Conley added James Ellroy

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31 84
The Franchise Affair is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Josephine Tey

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26 79
Trent's Last Case is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Crime Novels
E. C. Bentley

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28 85
The Tiger in the Smoke is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Margery Allingham