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