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
Anthony Burgess

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62 9
The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Thomas Harris

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74 22
American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Bret Easton Ellis

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47 9
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Gillian Flynn

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27 3
Othello is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
William Shakespeare

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44 9
We Need to Talk About Kevin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths

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32 8
No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Cormac McCarthy

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26 5
East of Eden is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
John Steinbeck

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30 10
The Talented Mr. Ripley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Patricia Highsmith

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31 12
Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Thomas Harris

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32 13
Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Thomas Harris

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22 8
The Killer Inside Me is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Jim Thompson

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19 8
Darkly Dreaming Dexter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Jeff Lindsay

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13 4
Vanity Fair is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
William Makepeace Thackeray

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17 9
Kiss the Girls is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
James Patterson

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9 5
Dexter is Delicious is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Jeff Lindsay

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12 9
Ripley Under Ground is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Patricia Highsmith

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10 7
The Alienist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Caleb Carr

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6 3
Intensity is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Dean Koontz

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6 3
Dearly Devoted Dexter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
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Dexter in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
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Hannibal Rising is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Thomas Harris

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

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Lolita is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
PaulMcCarthy added Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

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9 8
Ripley Under Water is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Patricia Highsmith

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8 7
The Wasp Factory is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Iain Banks

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6 5
The Grey Matter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
BillieMosiman added Billie Sue Mosiman - Billie Sue Mosiman

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5 4
Watchers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Dean Koontz

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4 3
Ashes to Ashes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Tami Hoag

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8 8
The Boy Who Followed Ripley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Patricia Highsmith

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A Pleasure and a Calling: a No... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths

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Vanished is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
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1 1
Child of God is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
toto added Cormac McCarthy

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4 5
Charade is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Sandra Brown

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3 4
A Darkness More Than Night is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Michael Connelly

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0 1
Complicit is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
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3 5
The Lion is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Nelson DeMille

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3 5
The other daughter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Lisa Gardner

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3 5
Zombie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Joyce Carol Oates

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2 4
Prayers for Rain is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Dennis Lehane

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3 6
1st to Die is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
James Patterson

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0 3
Steve Jobs is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Chelsea Cain

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1 6
Season of the Machete is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
James Patterson

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1 6
The maze is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Catherine Coulter

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1 6
Matters of the heart is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Danielle Steel

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2 8
Cross My Heart is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
James Patterson

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1 7
Naked Prey is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
John Sandford

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0 6
Let Me Go is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Chelsea Cain

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0 7
Sacred Sins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Nora Roberts