Authors The Best Suspense Authors  

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List Rules Authors who write suspense novels. Vote up the best suspense authors.

There’s nothing that keeps readers on their toes, feeling the adrenaline rush and excitement of a story quite like a great suspense novel can. The suspense genre is one of the most popular genres in the world of novels, and  some of the world’s most beloved authors of all time have contributed to the genre. Who are the best suspense authors?
 
The authors on this list have produced some of the most well-known books in the world of literature, and earned fame as the most famous authors of all time. In fact, Hollywood took note of many of these authors, adapting their writing to the big screen, or bringing them on as screenwriters to lend their talent for suspense. These authors have been ranked by voters as the best suspense authors of all time.
 
This list features the best suspense authors in history including, Harlan Coben, Thomas Harris, Stieg Larsson, James Patterson, Stephen King, Robert Ludlum, Truman Capote, Ted Dekker, Dan Brown, Agatha Christie, and Sire Arthur Conan Doyle. Vote up the absolute best suspense authors below or add one who you think writes the best suspense novels but isn't already on the list.
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89 24
Arthur Conan Doyle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Lost World, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

2
112 44
Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
The Shining, The Stand, Carrie

3
66 19
Agatha Christie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
The Mirror Crack'd, A Caribbean Mystery, A Witness For the Prosecution

4
41 11
Alexandre Dumas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers

5
60 27
John Grisham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
The Firm, The Chamber, Mickey

6
40 14
Harlan Coben is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
Play Dead, Caught, Deal Breaker

7
55 27
Dan Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
The Da Vinci Code, Inferno, Deception Point

8
38 14
Patricia Highsmith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
The American Friend, Strangers On a Train

9
31 9
G. K. Chesterton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
Mollevangsvagen added The Man Who Was Thursday, The Napoleon of Notting Hill, The Everlasting Man

10
41 17
Bram Stoker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
Dracula

11
52 26
Dean Koontz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
Odd Thomas, Sole Survivor, Fear Nothing

12
33 13
Dennis Lehane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River, Shutter Island

13
38 18
Lee Child is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
Without Fail, Worth Dying For, Never Go Back

14
28 10
John le Carré is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
The Tailor of Panama, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

15
46 25
Michael Crichton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
Twister, Disclosure, The Andromeda Strain

16
27 11
Daphne du Maurier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, The Flight of the Falcon

17
30 14
Tom Clancy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Right Stuff, The Hunt For Red October

18
38 21
Robert Ludlum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
The Bourne Deception, The Cassandra Compact, The Bourne Identity

19
24 9
Georges Simenon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
Mollevangsvagen added The Clockmaker, Les Fiançailles de M. Hire, Maigret Hesitates

20
22 8
John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsm... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
Mollevangsvagen added The Thirty-Nine Steps, Mr Standfast, Greenmantle

21
22 9
Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
Mollevangsvagen added The Lodger, From Out the Vasty Deep, The Uttermost Farthing

22
40 25
James Patterson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
The 6th Target, Now You See Her, 3rd Degree

23
21 9
Thea von Harbou is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
Mollevangsvagen added Metropolis, M, The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

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23 11
Ken Follett is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
Fall of Giants, The Key to Rebecca, Lie Down with Lions

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19 8
Frederick Forsyth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
The Fourth Protocol, Great Flying Stories, Privilege and Other Stories