Best Crime & Mystery Books
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801 Hit Parade (Keller, #3)
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801 Borkmann's Point (Inspector...
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801 The Quickie
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 26,451 ratings
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801 The Stranger
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 296,149 ratings
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805 Death of a Cad (Hamish Macb...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 3,400 ratings
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806 The Killing Doll
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 503 ratings
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806 Master of the Moor
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 527 ratings
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808 They Do It with Mirrors (Mi...
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 9,913 ratings
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809 The Lonely Silver Rain (Tra...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 1,759 ratings
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809 The Crocodile Bird
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 1,383 ratings
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809 Clockers
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 4,632 ratings
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809 Excavation
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813 Private Screening (Tony Lor...
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 800 ratings
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814 Water Touching Stone (Inspe...
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814 Requiem for a Dream
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 27,927 ratings
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816 I, the Jury
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 1,581 ratings
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817 Shoot the Piano Player
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 1,669 ratings
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818 Dead Ringer (Rosato & Assoc...
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 4,685 ratings
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818 Mad River Road
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 1,923 ratings
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820 The Hollow (Hercule Poirot,...
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 7,720 ratings
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821 The Dovekeepers
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 32,464 ratings
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822 Set in Darkness (Inspector ...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 3,546 ratings
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823 Dead Souls (Inspector Rebus...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 3,628 ratings
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824 More Work for the Undertake...
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825 The Rosary Girls
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 2,888 ratings
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826 Murder on a Girls' Night Ou...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 3,484 ratings
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827 The American Boy
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3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 1,270 ratings
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827 Me Talk Pretty One Day
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 417,933 ratings
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827 The Client
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 224,048 ratings
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830 Hard Revolution
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 1,394 ratings
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830 Mildred Pierce
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 4,145 ratings
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830 The Blind Man of Seville (J...
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833 Blackwater
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 979 ratings
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833 The Rule of Four
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3.19 of 5 stars 3.19 avg rating — 22,738 ratings
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835 Eleventh Hour (FBI Thriller...
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836 Sworn To Silence
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836 Sweetheart (Gretchen Lowell...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 9,812 ratings
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838 The Coroner's Lunch (Dr. Si...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 4,803 ratings
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839 Fleshmarket Close (Inspecto...
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840 I, Alex Cross (Alex Cross, ...
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841 Fatal Inversion
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842 The Final Solution
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842 The Brutal Telling (Chief I...
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844 Valdez Is Coming
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845 The League of Frightened Me...
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845 Gun, With Occasional Music
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845 The Dark Horse (Walt Longmi...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 3,831 ratings
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845 Kill For Me (Romantic Suspe...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 3,511 ratings
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845 Death Comes As the End
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850 Daemon (Daemon, #1)
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 16,485 ratings
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851 Death in a White Tie (Roder...
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852 No More Dying Then (Inspect...
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853 Banking on Death (John Putn...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 90 ratings
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854 The Seville Communion
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854 Lord Edgware Dies (Hercule ...
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856 Bleeding Hearts (Jack Harve...
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3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 1,026 ratings
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856 No Graves as Yet (World War...
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 1,830 ratings
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856 Think of a Number (Dave Gur...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 8,350 ratings
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859 The Man from Beijing
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3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 8,137 ratings
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859 Queen of the South
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 5,650 ratings
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861 Raven Black (Shetland, #1)
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 4,850 ratings
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862 A Play of Lords (Joliffe th...
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862 The Mangrove Coast
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862 The Cold Six Thousand (Unde...
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865 Graveyard Dust (Benjamin Ja...
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865 One False Move (Myron Bolit...
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867 Chinaman's Chance
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 418 ratings
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868 Wings Above the Diamantina
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 147 ratings
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868 Indemnity Only (V.I. Warsha...
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870 The Empty Chair (Lincoln Rh...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 12,276 ratings
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871 The Eight (The Eight #1)
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 19,609 ratings
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871 L.A. Requiem (Elvis Cole, #8)
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 8,679 ratings
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873 Trent's Last Case
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 1,119 ratings
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873 The Naming of the Dead (Ins...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 4,613 ratings
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873 Grasshopper
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 1,002 ratings
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873 While My Pretty One Sleeps
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 15,771 ratings
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873 Chiefs (Will Lee, #1)
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 2,621 ratings
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878 Dancing Aztecs
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879 Night Probe! (Dirk Pitt, #6)
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879 I'd Know You Anywhere
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 13,096 ratings
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881 Tyrannosaur Canyon (Wyman F...
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 9,652 ratings
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882 Mind's Eye (Inspector Van V...
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 3,912 ratings
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883 Jack Maggs
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 2,233 ratings
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883 Cat Among the Pigeons (Herc...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 12,892 ratings
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885 The Princess of Burundi (An...
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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 1,825 ratings
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885 Even the Wicked (Matthew Sc...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 1,025 ratings
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885 His Last Bow (Sherlock Holm...
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 10,312 ratings
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888 The Black Ice (Harry Bosch,...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 24,243 ratings
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889 Until Proven Guilty (J.P. B...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 4,441 ratings
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889 Drop Shot (Myron Bolitar, #2)
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 12,097 ratings
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891 Lucky
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 64,037 ratings
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891 White Jazz (L.A. Quartet, #4)
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 4,422 ratings
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893 Sad Cypress (Hercule Poirot...
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 8,832 ratings
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894 Boy's Life
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 11,473 ratings
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894 Ritual (Jack Caffery, #3)
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 2,853 ratings
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894 The Great Train Robbery
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 14,410 ratings
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894 Started Early, Took My Dog ...
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894 The Secret Agent
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 8,339 ratings
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899 Term Limits
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 18,494 ratings
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899 Evil at Heart (Gretchen Low...
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message 95: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Hecht An interesting list, but really notable for it's absences. Henning Mankell doesn't make an appearance until #412 (as of Oct 17th, 2008), but his fellow Scandinavians, Indriadson, Nesser, Fossum, Ericksson, et. al. don't make an appearance at all. It's safe to say that, for one example, every of Nesser's books is superior to John MacDonald, just to name one author. I'd say he's better than Chandler, Christie, Stout, Hammett and many others. Also, the fact that anything by Dan Brown is listed as number 2 is just disturbing to me.


message 94: by Beth (new)

Beth Can't find alot of Caleb Carr or Kathy Reichs


message 93: by Harlequin (new)

Harlequin Historical I read a few Crime and Mystery books but not enough to be a good judge on who writes the best. I would end up voting for Christie, Poe or Koontz just because I recognize their name and have read some of the books, not because I truly knew they were the best.


message 92: by Catherine (last edited Jan 15, 2009 03:19PM) (new)

Catherine Chillwater Cove by Thomas LakemanChillwater Cove Lakeman has the pacing of Dan Brown, but with literary chops as well! I believe I have stumbled upon the next James Lee Burke. I look forward to reading Lakeman's next novel in this series, BROKEN WING.


message 91: by Mohammed (new)

Mohammed Andrew : Mankell might be good but Chandler is one of the most literary talented american writers of the last century. To compare him is too much imo....

John D. Macdonald is great too.

You must hate Hardboiled fiction....


message 90: by Ikra (new)

Ikra Amesta I like Motherless Brooklyn, so funny and entertaining!


message 89: by Marty (last edited Nov 25, 2009 11:54AM) (new)

Marty This is a great list, but there are some pretty stark omissions, IMO. First, nothing by Ross Thomas? Really? Could he have been forgotten already? He was one of the best satirical/political mystery writers ever. And the list is a bit skimpy on the the Donald Westlake/Richard Stark oeuvre. I would put his relatively recent book The Ax, about a downsized chemist who conspires to kill all of his potential rivals in the job market, in the top 5 best all-time mystery books. Also, many of James Lee Burke's excellent early books did not make the list. Surely anything he has written outshines most of what passes for good mystery writing these days. He's at least as good as, say, Dennis Lehane (who I also love.) Also Michael Dibdin deserves much more of a presence. Finally, where's Robert Wilson? He's written at least three really excellent mystery novels this decade.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Why don't you add them? The form is at the right hand side of the page.


message 87: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn In Cold Blood and Fatal Vision are both TRUE CRIME non-fiction works.....IF we put True Crime on this list, then clearly Anne Rule and Doc Olsen should listed.


message 86: by Marty (new)

Marty Susanna wrote: "Why don't you add them? The form is at the right hand side of the page."

Thanks - I will.


message 85: by Lisa (new)

Lisa I cannot find anything by Harlan Coben on this list, maybe I did not look far enough, but he is too good of a suspense writer NOT to be included


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Why don't you add him?


message 83: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl I'm not an Isaac Asimov reader, but isn't he sci-fi rather than crime/mystery?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Isaac Asimov wrote several novel-length mysteries (albeit often ones with a science fiction setting): The Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun, and Murder at the ABA, are the ones I can think of. From what I recall of reading my grandfather's Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazines while I was growing up, he was a pretty frequent contributor. I remember the "Black Widower" stories in particular.


message 81: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Did not know that.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads He was pretty prolific, Asimov, and wrote in a number of genres.


message 79: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Lobstergirl wrote: "Did not know that."

Susanna wrote: "Isaac Asimov wrote several novel-length mysteries (albeit often ones with a science fiction setting): The Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun, and [book:Murder at the ABA|470356..."

Murder at the ABA is a readable non-SF mystery....If I remember rightly, ABA is the American BOOKSELLERS Assoc.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads It's been years since I've read it, but I think you're right, Thom.


message 77: by [deleted user] (last edited Oct 13, 2010 05:18PM) (new)

Thom wrote: "In Cold Blood and Fatal Vision are both TRUE CRIME non-fiction works.....IF we put True Crime on this list, then clearly Anne Rule and Doc Olsen should listed."

I found In Cold Blood but not any by Ann Rule and was wondering. There is nothing so terrifying as The Stranger Beside Me!..... and it took them so long to catch him!


message 76: by [deleted user] (new)

I went to 781 or so and NEVER found Ann Rule! Did overlook her? She should be number ONE!


message 75: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn As wrote: "I went to 781 or so and NEVER found Ann Rule! Did overlook her? She should be number ONE!"

Ann Rule is probably listed under TRUE CRIME


message 74: by [deleted user] (new)

Think I created a list like that last night but will double check in case I duplicated lists.

falling asleep,
Alice


message 73: by [deleted user] (new)

Yes, I did a dup list. How can I delete it?


message 72: by Flashdawg (new)

Flashdawg totally cool book, THO


message 71: by Doug (new)

Doug Where in the world is John Sandford? He is arguably among the top five active American mystery writers.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You could vote for him.


message 69: by John (new)

John Really sad that Crime and Punishment is hundreds of spaces below Dan Brown. And what the hell is Interview with the Vampire doing here?


message 68: by Luis (new)

Luis Gutierrez I am a little surprised that (1) Robert B. Parker's Looking for Rachel Wallace, Mortal Stakes, Small Vices, etc. and (2) Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity, or The Janson Directive... are not here.
Well, I'll vote for them!


message 67: by Doug (new)

Doug I agree with Luis, Robert B. Parker belongs on the list on the basis of his great body of work.


message 66: by Luzalbe (new)

Luzalbe brillantes haha..never thought interview with the vampire was a book.LOL.i recommend you guys to read list of 7 by mark frost,,,,best book i've ever read...better than the lost symbol,though it's also satisfactory.:))


message 65: by Bob (new)

Bob M. Doug wrote: "Where in the world is John Sandford? He is arguably among the top five active American mystery writers."

Agreed. His 'Prey' series with Davenport is excellent.


message 63: by Claudia (new)

Claudia Mcgarry Great debut novel. Could hardly put it down.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You add books to the list up at the top, next to "all votes."


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You add books to the list up at the top, next to "all votes."


message 59: by Senordaffy (new)

Senordaffy Andrew wrote: "An interesting list, but really notable for it's absences. Henning Mankell doesn't make an appearance until #412 (as of Oct 17th, 2008), but his fellow Scandinavians, Indriadson, Nesser, Fossum, Er..."


message 58: by Senordaffy (new)

Senordaffy to andrew:
will try more scandinavians. list is not by quality
of writing, obviously. where are martha grimes, len
deighton, le carre, steinhauer, and many others ?
agree with dan brown observation. so illiterate that he used 'from vinci' rather than leonardo in his title, as in 'the from vinci code'. not even a writer. popular only because his 'sacred feminine' gimmick appealed to u.s. women's vanity.
larsson not so good, either. pubishing these days
is getting to be like a hollywood insider called the
movie business - 'all hype'.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Senordaffy wrote: "where are martha grimes, len
deighton, le carre, steinhauer, and many others ?"



You could try voting for them.


message 56: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Im normally into historic fiction


message 55: by Abbey (new)

Abbey I'd love to have a list with just the title/author for all of 'em - yeah, I'm quite mad, but I love lists! (and mysteries...) Anybody know how I might arrange for that? The only way I've thought of is extremely cumbersome - going through, one-by-one and adding them to a new shelf! ick. Please, please tell me that *somewhere* there's an actual list (no covers or blurbs, etc.) just the titles and authors???


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You can add books to the list at the top of the page, next to where it says "all votes."


message 53: by Lane (new)

Lane Abbey wrote: "I'd love to have a list with just the title/author for all of 'em - yeah, I'm quite mad, but I love lists! (and mysteries...) Anybody know how I might arrange for that? The only way I've thought o..."

I would like a downloadable list of this kind as well. and/or the ability to "select all" of the books and add them to a category like "For consideration."


message 51: by Kim (new)

Kim Horner McCoy I managed to get a quarter of the way through this list before deciding it was a) too long and b) incoherent. Why is Diary of Anne Frank on here? Or Lolita? For a list to be meaningful, its entries should conform to the definition. Since the list was created by a "deleted user," has it gone feral?


message 50: by Aini (new)

Aini This is my favourite genre! My favourites are The Three Investigators (because they introduced me to the genre) and Agatha Christie because her use of psychology and human nature to solve mysteries.


message 49: by Yehia (new)

Yehia Shehata So I was thinking of reading either is Dark materials or The Millennium trilogy. I already read materials 1 & 2, and Millennium 1. Any recommendations?


message 48: by The Treeman (new)

The Treeman This list is laughable. It is full of books that shouldn't be there and books that are basically horrible written.


message 47: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix The "only vote for the first volume of a series" instruction wasn't originally on this list. I believe it is wrong to change it now and start deleting books.

Furthermore, especially in mystery series, the books are often stand alone, even if they are part of a series. It makes perfect sense, therefore, to vote for each volume separately.


message 46: by Mike (new)

Mike Anyone know of a mystery series set in Germany, preferably Frankfurt, that they can recommend?


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