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

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473 98
And Then There Were None is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Agatha Christie

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456 103
The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Arthur Conan Doyle

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323 111
Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Daphne du Maurier

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256 104
The Maltese Falcon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Dashiell Hammett

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336 202
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Gillian Flynn

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226 121
The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Umberto Eco

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243 136
The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Crime Novels
slaft added Robert Ludlum

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212 111
The Day of the Jackal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Frederick Forsyth

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199 108
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Agatha Christie

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203 113
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Crime Novels

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172 101
The Spy Who Came in from the C... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Crime Novels

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171 103
The Big Sleep is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Raymond Chandler

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166 104
From Russia, with Love is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Crime Novels

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167 107
Eye of the Needle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Crime Novels
slaft added Ken Follett

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131 89
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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134 99
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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131 96
The Long Goodbye is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Raymond Chandler

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129 99
Strangers on a Train is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Patricia Highsmith

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139 111
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 Express 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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63 48
Presumed Innocent is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Deborah Harmeling added Scott Turow

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100 98
Murder Must Advertise is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Crime Novels
Dorothy L. Sayers