Books Crime Fiction Books

Reference
7.8k views 935 items

List of famous crime fiction books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular crime fiction books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best crime fiction novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

List includes Crime and Punishment, The Big Sleep and more.

This list should answer the questions, "What are the best crime fiction books?" and "What are the most famous crime fiction books?"

Note that some books on this list might be currently out of print, but you can purchase most of these notable crime fiction titles on Amazon with just one click.

1
The Bone Collector is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Crime Fiction Books
The Bone Collector is a 1999 psychological thriller film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie, directed by Phillip Noyce and produced by Martin Bregman. The movie was based on the crime ...more

2
Benzina is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Elena Stancanelli Benzina is a novel written by Elena Stancanelli.

3
1st to Die is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Crime Fiction Books
James Patterson 1st to Die is the first book in the Women’s Murder Club series, written by James Patterson. The series is about four friends who pool their skills together to crack San Francisco's toughest ...more

4
2nd Chance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Crime Fiction Books
James Patterson 2nd Chance is the second novel in the Women's Murder Club series written by James Patterson with Andrew Gross. It is the sequel to 1st to Die.

5
3rd Degree is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Crime Fiction Books
James Patterson, Andrew Gross 3rd Degree is a crime novel written by James Patterson and Andrew Gross. It is the third novel in the Women's Murder Club Series, And the sequel to 2nd Chance. The book was published on March 1,

6
4.50 from Paddington is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Agatha Christie 4.50 from Paddington is a detective fiction novel by Agatha Christie, first published in November 1957. The 1961 film Murder, She Said was based on it. This work was also published in the United ...more

7
44 Scotland Street is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Alexander McCall Smith 44 Scotland Street is an episodic novel by Alexander McCall Smith, the author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. The story was first published as a serial in The Scotsman, starting 26 ...more

8
4th of July is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Crime Fiction Books
James Patterson, Maxine Paetro 4th of July is a mystery and legal thriller by James Patterson.

9
7th Heaven is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Crime Fiction Books
James Patterson, Maxine Paetro 7th Heaven is the seventh book in the Women's Murder Club series featuring Lindsay Boxer by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. It was released first in the UK on the 14 January 2008 and then by ...more

10
9 Dragons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Michael Connelly Nine Dragons is the 14th novel in the Harry Bosch series and the 22nd book by American crime author Michael Connelly. It was published in the U.K. and Ireland on October 1, 2009, and worldwide ...more

11
A Big Boy did it and Ran Away is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Christopher Brookmyre A Big Boy Did It and Ran Away is Christopher Brookmyre's sixth novel. It features the first appearance of policewoman Angelique de Xavia, who is one of the main characters in The Sacred Art of ...more

12
A Caribbean Mystery is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Agatha Christie A Caribbean Mystery is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie, first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club on 16 November 1964 and in the United States by Dodd, Mead and Company ...more

13
A Cold Case is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Philip Gourevitch A Cold Case is a 2002 novel by Philip Gourevitch. A film adaptation of the novel starring Tom Hanks was attempted, but the project did not enter production.

14
A Cool Head is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Ian Rankin A Cool Head is Ian Rankin's entry in Quick Reads 2009.

15
A Dark-Adapted Eye is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Ruth Rendell A Dark-Adapted Eye is a psychological thriller novel by Ruth Rendell, written under the nom-de-plume Barbara Vine. The novel won the American Edgar Award. It was adapted as a television film of ...more

16
A Darkness More Than Night is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Michael Connelly A Darkness More Than Night is the tenth novel by American crime author Michael Connelly; it is the seventh featuring the Los Angeles detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch, and the second ...more

17
A Deadly Shade of Gold is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Crime Fiction Books
John D. MacDonald A Deadly Shade of Gold is the fifth novel in the Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald. The plot revolves around a solid gold Aztec statute, and takes McGee from his home of Florida to Mexico ...more

18
A Dedicated Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Peter Robinson A Dedicated Man is the second novel by Canadian detective fiction writer Peter Robinson in the Inspector Banks series of novels. The novel was first printed in 1988, but has been reprinted a ...more

19
A Demon in My View is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Ruth Rendell A Demon in my View is a novel by British author Ruth Rendell. First published in 1976, it won the CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel of the Year, gaining Rendell the first of six Dagger awards ...more

20
A Drink Before the War is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Dennis Lehane A Drink Before the War is the Shamus Award-winning debut novel by Dennis Lehane and was published in 1994. It is the first book in a series focusing on private investigators Patrick Kenzie and ...more

21
A Dying Light in Corduba is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Lindsey Davis A Dying Light in Corduba is a crime novel by Lindsey Davis.

22
A Fatal Inversion is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Ruth Rendell A Fatal Inversion is a 1987 novel by Ruth Rendell, written under the pseudonym Barbara Vine. The novel won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger in that year and, in 1987, was also ...more

23
A Firing Offense is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Crime Fiction Books
George Pelecanos A Firing Offense is a 1992 crime novel and the debut from author George Pelecanos. It is set in Washington DC and focuses on marketing executive Nick Stefanos as he investigates the ...more

24
A Fix Like This is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Carl Kosak A Fix Like This is a crime novel by the American writer K.C. Constantine set in 1970s Rocksburg, a fictional, blue-collar, Rustbelt town in Western Pennsylvania. Mario Balzic is the protagonist, ...more

25
A Grave Talent is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Laurie R. King A Grave Talent is the first book in Laurie R. King's Kate Martinelli series. Concerning the search for the murderer of several young girls, it won the 1994 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. It ...more

26
A Guilty Thing Surprised is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Ruth Rendell A Guilty Thing Surprised is a novel by British crime-writer Ruth Rendell. It was first published in 1970, and is the 5th entry in her popular Inspector Wexford series.

27
A Jolly Good Fellow is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Jolly Good Fellow is a novel by American author Stephen V. Masse.

28
A Judgement in Stone is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Ruth Rendell A Judgement In Stone is a 1977 novel by British writer Ruth Rendell, widely considered to be one of her greatest works. The novel is famous in the world of crime fiction for its opening line: ...more

29
A Little Yellow Dog is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Walter Mosley Walter Mosley's detective novel, fifth in his Easy Rawlins series.

30
A Long Finish: An Aurelio Zen ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Michael Dibdin A Long Finish is a novel by Michael Dibdin, and is the sixth entry in the popular Aurelio Zen series.

31
A masculine ending is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Joan Smith A Masculine Ending is a novel by Joan Smith. It was first published in 1987 by British firm Faber and Faber.

32
A Memory of Murder is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Ray Bradbury A Memory of Murder is a collection of fifteen short stories by Ray Bradbury. They were originally published from 1944 to 1948 in pulp magazines owned by Popular Publications, Inc. that ...more

33
A Mind to Murder is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Crime Fiction Books
P. D. James A Mind to Murder is a crime novel by P. D. James, the second in her Adam Dalgliesh series.

34
A Murder Is Announced is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Agatha Christie A Murder Is Announced is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club in June 1950 and in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in the same ...more

35
A Necessary End is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Peter Robinson A Necessary End is the third novel by Canadian detective fiction writer Peter Robinson in the multi award-winning Inspector Banks series of novels. The novel was first printed in 1989, but has ...more

36
A New Lease of Death is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Ruth Rendell A New Lease of Death is a novel by British writer Ruth Rendell, first published in 1967. It is the second entry in her popular Inspector Wexford series.

37
A Picture of Her Tombstone is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Picture of Her Tombstone is a crime novel by the American writer Thomas Lipinski set in 1990s Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It tells the story of Pittsburgh private detective Carroll Dorsey, who ...more

38
A Place of Execution is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Val McDermid A Place of Execution is an acclaimed crime novel by Val McDermid, first published in 1999. The novel won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the 2001 Dilys Award, was shortlisted for both the Gold ...more

39
A Pocket Full of Rye is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Agatha Christie A Pocket Full of Rye is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club on 9 November 1953, and in the US by Dodd, Mead & co. the ...more

40
A Praed Street Dossier is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Crime Fiction Books
August Derleth A Praed Street Dossier is a collection of detective fiction short stories, essays and marginalia by author August Derleth. It was released in 1968 by Mycroft & Moran in an edition of 2,904 ...more

41
A Presumption of Death is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Jill Paton Walsh A Presumption of Death is a mystery novel by Jill Paton Walsh, based loosely on The Wimsey Papers by Dorothy L. Sayers. The novel is Walsh's first original Lord Peter Wimsey novel, following ...more

42
A Question of Blood: An Inspec... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Ian Rankin A Question of Blood is a 2003 crime novel by Ian Rankin. It is the fourteenth of the Inspector Rebus novels.

43
A Sight for Sore Eyes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Ruth Rendell A Sight For Sore Eyes is a psychological thriller by British crime-writer Ruth Rendell.

44
A Sleeping Life is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Ruth Rendell A Sleeping Life is a crime-novel by British writer Ruth Rendell, first published in 1978. It features her popular investigator Detective Inspector Wexford, and is the tenth novel in the series. ...more

45
A Small Death in Lisbon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Robert Wilson A Small Death in Lisbon is a crime novel by Robert Wilson. The novel, set in Portugal, consists of two narratives: one is the contemporary investigation by Inspector José ...more

46
A Stranger Is Watching is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Mary Higgins Clark A Stranger Is Watching is a suspense novel by Mary Higgins Clark.

47
A Study in Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Arthur Conan Doyle A Study in Scarlet is a detective mystery novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, introducing his new characters, "consulting detective" Sherlock Holmes and his friend and chronicler, ...more

48
A Taste for Death is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Crime Fiction Books
P. D. James A Taste for Death is a crime novel by British writer P. D. James, seventh in the popular Commander Adam Dalgliesh series. The novel won the Silver Dagger in 1986, losing out on the Gold to Ruth ...more

49
A Thousand Lies is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Laura Wilson A Thousand Lies is a novel by British crime writer Laura Wilson, first published in 2006. It was shortlisted for the first Duncan Lawrie Dagger, the new incarnation of the Gold Dagger.

50
A Touch of Frost is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Crime Fiction Books
R. D. Wingfield A Touch of Frost is a crime novel by, R.D. Wingfield. The series inspired a popular television series of the same name, starring David Jason as the titular character, Detective Inspector Jack ...more