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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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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
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Agatha Christie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
The Mirror Crack'd, A Caribbean Mystery, A Witness For the Prosecution
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Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
The Shining, The Stand, Carrie
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Dean Koontz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
Odd Thomas, Sole Survivor, Fear Nothing
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Harlan Coben is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
Play Dead, Caught, Deal Breaker
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John Grisham is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
The Firm, The Chamber, Mickey
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Dan Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
The Da Vinci Code, Inferno, Deception Point
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Lee Child is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
Without Fail, Worth Dying For, Never Go Back
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Alexandre Dumas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers
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Dennis Lehane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River, Shutter Island
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Patricia Highsmith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
The American Friend, Strangers On a Train
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G. K. Chesterton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
Mollevangsvagen added The Man Who Was Thursday, The Napoleon of Notting Hill, The Everlasting Man
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Bram Stoker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
Dracula
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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
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Frederick Forsyth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
The Fourth Protocol, Great Flying Stories, Privilege and Other Stories
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Michael Crichton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
Twister, Disclosure, The Andromeda Strain
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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
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Gillian Flynn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
siva.270983 added Gone Girl, Gone Girl, Sharp Objects
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Jeffery Deaver is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
The Lesson of Her Death, Praying for Sleep, The Bodies Left Behind
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Vince Flynn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
Pursuit of Honor, Consent to Kill, Kill Shot
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Robert Ludlum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
The Bourne Deception, The Cassandra Compact, The Bourne Identity
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James Hadley Chase is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
Mollevangsvagen added Palmetto, The soft centre, Come Easy Go Easy
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Ken Follett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
Ken Follett Fall of Giants, The Key to Rebecca, Lie Down with Lions
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John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsm... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
Mollevangsvagen added The Thirty-Nine Steps, Mr Standfast, Greenmantle
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Thomas Harris is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Suspense Authors
Hannibal Rising, Black Sunday, Red Dragon