Books The Best Novels About Sociopaths  

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List Rules Fiction books that feature sociopath characters

This is a list about the best novels about sociopaths. Have you ever wondered what the best fiction stories featuring sociopaths are? Some of the most chilling novels of all time have been written under this category, including Thomas Harris’ “Hannibal” series, James Patterson’s “Kiss the Girls”, Patricia Highsmith’s series featuring the eerie “Thomas Ripley” character and Bret Easton Ellis’ “American Psycho”. Many of these novels have been made into movies, and the images from the films will stay embedded in our minds for years to come. Who doesn’t remember how creepy Anthony Hopkin’s portrayal of Hannibal Lector was? Or how sly and unassuming Matt Damon’s portrayal of “Ripley” was? It seems to always shock us that a human being would be capable of ruthlessly murdering then feeling no sense of remorse whatsoever for it. This list of famous sociopath stories will take you into a world where evil truly exists, suspicions are always on the rise and give you that chilling reality that we really do live in a world where unspeakable horrors are possible. One thing is sure: if you let any one of these authors take you into their created worlds, just make sure you don’t read their stories at night!

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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess

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The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
The Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris

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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis

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Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

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We Need to Talk About Kevin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths

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Othello is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Othello William Shakespeare

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No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
No Country for Old Men Cormac McCarthy

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East of Eden is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
East of Eden John Steinbeck

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The Talented Mr. Ripley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
The Talented Mr. Ripley Patricia Highsmith

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Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Red Dragon Thomas Harris

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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Hannibal Thomas Harris

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The Killer Inside Me is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
The Killer Inside Me Jim Thompson

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Darkly Dreaming Dexter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Darkly Dreaming Dexter Jeff Lindsay

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Vanity Fair is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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Kiss the Girls is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Kiss the Girls James Patterson

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Dexter is Delicious is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Dexter is Delicious Jeff Lindsay

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Ripley Under Ground is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Ripley Under Ground Patricia Highsmith

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The Alienist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
The Alienist Caleb Carr

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Dearly Devoted Dexter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
but chickens double d added Dearly Devoted Dexter Jeff Lindsay

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Intensity is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Intensity Dean Koontz

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Dexter in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
but chickens double d added Dexter in the Dark Jeff Lindsay

The Best HBO Dramas of All Time

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Hannibal Rising is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Hannibal Rising Thomas Harris

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Ripley's Game is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Ripley's Game Patricia Highsmith

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Ripley Under Water is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Ripley Under Water Patricia Highsmith

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The Wasp Factory is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
The Wasp Factory Iain Banks

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The Grey Matter is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
BillieMosiman added The Grey Matter Billie Sue Mosiman - Billie Sue Mosiman

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Watchers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Watchers Dean Koontz

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Ashes to Ashes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Ashes to Ashes Tami Hoag

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Lolita is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
PaulMcCarthy added Lolita Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

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The Boy Who Followed Ripley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
The Boy Who Followed Ripley Patricia Highsmith

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Child of God is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
toto added Child of God Cormac McCarthy

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A Pleasure and a Calling: a No... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths

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Vanished is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
sydneyyborgerr added Vanished Danielle Steel

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Charade is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Charade Sandra Brown

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A Darkness More Than Night is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
A Darkness More Than Night Michael Connelly

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Complicit is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
WillowHalverson added Complicit

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The Lion is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
The Lion Nelson DeMille

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Zombie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Zombie Joyce Carol Oates

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The other daughter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
The other daughter Lisa Gardner

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Prayers for Rain is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Prayers for Rain Dennis Lehane

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1st to Die is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
1st to Die James Patterson

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Steve Jobs is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Sweetheart Chelsea Cain

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The maze is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
The maze Catherine Coulter

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Season of the Machete is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Season of the Machete James Patterson

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Matters of the heart is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Matters of the heart Danielle Steel

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Cross My Heart is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Cross My Heart James Patterson

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Naked Prey is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Naked Prey John Sandford

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Let Me Go is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Let Me Go Chelsea Cain

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Sacred Sins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Sacred Sins Nora Roberts