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The Best Novels About Sociopaths 

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Updated June 14, 2019 1.1k votes 271 voters 33.1k views 48 items

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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The Silence of the Lambs... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Thomas Harris
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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Bret Easton Ellis
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Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Gillian Flynn
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We Need to Talk About Ke... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
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No Country for Old Men ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Cormac McCarthy
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Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Thomas Harris
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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Thomas Harris
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The Talented Mr. Ripley ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Patricia Highsmith
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East of Eden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
John Steinbeck
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The Killer Inside Me is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Jim Thompson
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Darkly Dreaming Dexter ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Jeff Lindsay
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Vanity Fair is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
William Makepeace Thackeray
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Hannibal Rising is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Thomas Harris
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Kiss the Girls is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
James Patterson
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The Alienist is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Caleb Carr
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Dearly Devoted Dexter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
but chickens double d added Jeff Lindsay
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Dexter is Delicious is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Jeff Lindsay
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Ripley Under Ground is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Patricia Highsmith
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Ripley's Game is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Patricia Highsmith
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Lolita is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
PaulMcCarthy added Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
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The Wasp Factory is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Iain Banks
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Intensity is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
Dean Koontz
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Child of God is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
toto added Cormac McCarthy
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Vanished is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels About Sociopaths
sydneyyborgerr added Danielle Steel