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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.

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The Bone Collector is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Crime Fiction Books

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Benzina is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Crime Fiction Books
Benzina Elena Stancanelli

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1st to Die is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Crime Fiction Books
1st to Die James Patterson

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2nd Chance is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Crime Fiction Books
2nd Chance James Patterson

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3rd Degree is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Crime Fiction Books
3rd Degree James Patterson, Andrew Gross

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4.50 from Paddington is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Crime Fiction Books
4.50 from Paddington Agatha Christie

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44 Scotland Street is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Crime Fiction Books
44 Scotland Street Alexander McCall Smith

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4th of July is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Crime Fiction Books
4th of July James Patterson, Maxine Paetro

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7th Heaven is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Crime Fiction Books
7th Heaven James Patterson, Maxine Paetro

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9 Dragons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Crime Fiction Books
9 Dragons Michael Connelly

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A Big Boy did it and Ran Away is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Big Boy did it and Ran Away Christopher Brookmyre

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A Caribbean Mystery is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Caribbean Mystery Agatha Christie

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A Cold Case is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Cold Case Philip Gourevitch

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A Cool Head is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Cool Head Ian Rankin

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A Dark-Adapted Eye is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Dark-Adapted Eye Ruth Rendell

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A Darkness More Than Night is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Darkness More Than Night Michael Connelly

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A Deadly Shade of Gold is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Deadly Shade of Gold John D. MacDonald

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A Dedicated Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Dedicated Man Peter Robinson

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A Demon in My View is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Demon in My View Ruth Rendell

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A Drink Before the War is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Drink Before the War Dennis Lehane

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

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A Fatal Inversion is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Fatal Inversion Ruth Rendell

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A Firing Offense is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Firing Offense George Pelecanos

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A Fix Like This is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Fix Like This Carl Kosak

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A Grave Talent is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Grave Talent Laurie R. King

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A Guilty Thing Surprised is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Crime Fiction Books

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A Jolly Good Fellow is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Crime Fiction Books

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A Judgement in Stone is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Judgement in Stone Ruth Rendell

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A Little Yellow Dog is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Little Yellow Dog Walter Mosley

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A Long Finish: An Aurelio Zen ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Crime Fiction Books

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A masculine ending is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A masculine ending Joan Smith

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A Memory of Murder is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Memory of Murder Ray Bradbury

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A Mind to Murder is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Mind to Murder P. D. James

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A Murder Is Announced is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Murder Is Announced Agatha Christie

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A Necessary End is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Necessary End Peter Robinson

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A New Lease of Death is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A New Lease of Death Ruth Rendell

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A Picture of Her Tombstone is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Crime Fiction Books

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A Place of Execution is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Place of Execution Val McDermid

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A Pocket Full of Rye is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Pocket Full of Rye Agatha Christie

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A Praed Street Dossier is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Praed Street Dossier August Derleth

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A Presumption of Death is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Presumption of Death Jill Paton Walsh

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A Question of Blood: An Inspec... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Crime Fiction Books

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A Sight for Sore Eyes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Sight for Sore Eyes Ruth Rendell

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A Sleeping Life is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Sleeping Life Ruth Rendell

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A Small Death in Lisbon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Small Death in Lisbon Robert Wilson

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

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A Study in Scarlet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Study in Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle

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A Taste for Death is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Taste for Death P. D. James

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A Thousand Lies is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Thousand Lies Laura Wilson

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A Touch of Frost is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Crime Fiction Books
A Touch of Frost R. D. Wingfield