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List of famous male crime writers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male crime writers list contains the most prominent and top males known for being crime writers. There are thousand of males working as crime writers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic crime writers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a crime writer then the people below should give you inspiration.

People here include everyone from Jan Arnald to Mark James.

While this isn't a list of all male crime writers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male crime writers?" and "Who are the best male crime writers?"
James Ellroy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Crime Writers
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Lee Earle "James" Ellroy is an American crime fiction writer and essayist. Ellroy has become known for a telegrammatic prose style in his most recent work, wherein he frequently omits connecting words and uses only short, staccato sentences, and in particular for the novels The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, White Jazz, American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand, and Blood's a Rover. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 70

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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#83 on The Greatest Living Writers & Most Famous Authors Today

#24 on The Best Crime Authors

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Robert B. Parker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Crime Writers
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Robert Brown Parker was an American crime writer. His most famous works were the novels about the private detective Spenser. ABC television network developed the television series Spenser: For Hire based on the character in the mid-1980s; a series of TV movies based on the character were also produced. His works incorporate encyclopedic knowledge of the Boston metropolitan area. Parker was 77 when he died of a heart attack at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts; discovered at his desk by his wife Joan, he had been working on a novel. The Spenser novels have been cited by critics and bestselling authors such as Robert Crais, Harlan Coben and Dennis Lehane as not only influencing their own ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 78 (1932-2010)

Birthplace: Area code 413, Springfield, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more

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#10 on The Best Mystery Authors

#16 on The Best Crime Authors

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Dashiell Hammett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Crime Writers
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Samuel Dashiell Hammett was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories, a screenplay writer, and political activist. Among the enduring characters he created are Sam Spade, Nick and Nora Charles, and the Continental Op. In addition to the significant influence his novels and stories had on film, Hammett "is now widely regarded as one of the finest mystery writers of all time" and was called, in his obituary in The New York Times, "the dean of the... 'hard-boiled' school of detective fiction." Time magazine included Hammett's 1929 novel Red Harvest on a list of the 100 best English-language novels published between 1923 and 2005. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 67 (1894-1961)

Birthplace: Maryland, United States of America

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#77 on The Best Novelists of All Time

#39 on The Best Suspense Authors

#6 on The Best Mystery Authors

#5 on The Best Crime Authors

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Edgar Wallace is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Crime Writers
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Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace was an English writer. Born into poverty as an illegitimate London child, Wallace left school at 12. He joined the army at 21 and was a war correspondent during the Second Boer War for Reuters and the Daily Mail. Struggling with debt, he left South Africa, returned to London and began writing thrillers to raise income, publishing books including The Four Just Men. Drawing on time as a reporter in the Congo, covering the Belgian atrocities, Wallace serialised short stories in magazines, later publishing collections such as Sanders of the River. He signed with Hodder and Stoughton in 1921 and became an internationally recognised author. After a disastrous bid to ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 57 (1875-1932)

Birthplace: Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

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