The Best Suspense Authors

Over 1.1K Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Suspense Authors
Voting 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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  • Agatha Christie
    293 votes
    The Mirror Crack'd, A Caribbean Mystery, A Witness For the Prosecution
  • Arthur Conan Doyle
    277 votes
    The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Lost World, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Stephen King
    395 votes
    The Shining, The Stand, Carrie
  • John Grisham
    239 votes
    The Firm, The Chamber, Mickey
  • Lee Child
    219 votes
    Without Fail, Worth Dying For, Never Go Back
  • Dean Koontz
    221 votes
    Odd Thomas, Sole Survivor, Fear Nothing