A list of crime fiction authors who specialize in detective fiction. If you love a good mystery then these are the authors for you. Detective fiction is a sub-genre of mystery fiction along with thrillers and general crime fiction. In detective fiction, the plot typically follows an individual acting as an investigator whether he be a police officer, a private investigator, a bounty hunter, or even just an amateur trying to solve a crime. Most often, that crime is murder.Detective fiction is an old genre, dating back to ancient Greece and Persia. Of course, in the western world, the most famous fictional detective of all is Sherlock Holmes.