Detective Fiction
Contemporary fiction which uses the classic detective story to explore various themes.
1 The Girl with the Dragon Ta...
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2 The Big Sleep
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3 Cornered Coyote (Coyote, #3)
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4 The Maltese Falcon
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5 The Curious Incident of the...
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6 Murder on the Orient Expres...
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7 The Complete Sherlock Holmes
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8 The Long Goodbye
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9 The Memoirs of Sherlock Hol...
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10 The Alienist
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11 The Name of the Rose
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12 Gorky Park (Arkady Renko, #1)
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13 Into the Killer Sphere (Cha...
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14 Farewell, My Lovely
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15 The Da Vinci Code (Robert L...
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16 Table 21
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17 A Study in Scarlet  (Sherlo...
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18 Shutter Island
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19 Motherless Brooklyn
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20 The Thin Man
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21 The Poet (Jack McEvoy, #1)
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22 The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey ...
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23 Coyote in Provence (Coyote #2)
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24 The Yiddish Policemen's Union
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25 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective...
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26 Everyone Burns (Time, Blood...
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27 Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy...
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28 And Then There Were None
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29 The Return of Sherlock Holm...
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30 Darkness, Take My Hand (Ken...
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31 Cutting Right to the Chase
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33 The Black Echo (Harry Bosch...
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34 A is for Alibi (Kinsey Mill...
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35 The Last Coyote (Harry Bosc...
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36 The Historian
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37 A Drink Before the War (Ken...
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38 Kingdom of Heroes
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39 The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
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40 The Girl Who Played with Fi...
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41 Tracing the Contours
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42 Debt and Defiance
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43 The Glass Key
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44 Lost Light (Harry Bosch, #9)
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45 Red Harvest
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46 Shadow Roll (A Sam Russo My...
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47 Good Dog, Bad Dog (A Sam Ru...
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48 The New York Trilogy
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48 Storm Front (The Dresden Fi...
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50 The Godwulf Manuscript (Spe...
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51 Whose Body?  (Lord Peter Wi...
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52 The Brass Verdict (Harry Bo...
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53 The Girl in the Next Room (...
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54 The Drowning Pool
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55 The Narrows (Harry Bosch, #10)
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56 Renatus 2
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57 The Black Dahlia (L.A. Quar...
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58 Renatus
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59 The Watchman (Joe Pike, #1)
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60 Confidential Communications
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61 Six Easy Pieces (Easy Rawli...
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62 Gun, With Occasional Music
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63 The Final Solution
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64 L.A. Requiem (Elvis Cole, #8)
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65 The Tin Roof Blowdown (Dave...
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66 Midnight Sin
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67 Death on the Nile (Hercule ...
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68 When the Sacred Ginmill Clo...
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69 The Silence of the Lambs  (...
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70 Fade Away (Myron Bolitar, #3)
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71 Every Dead Thing (Charlie P...
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72 Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs,...
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73 The Dain Curse
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74 The Dark Before Dawn
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75 BAD INTENT Volume 1
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76 Men at Arms (Discworld, #15)
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77 Deal Breaker (Myron Bolitar...
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78 In the Woods (Dublin Murder...
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79 Booked To Die (Cliff Janewa...
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80 Child 44 (Leo Demidov, #1)
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81 The Continental Op
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82 The Monkey's Raincoat (Elvi...
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83 The Redbreast (Harry Hole, #3)
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84 Curtain (Hercule Poirot, #39)
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85 Dirk Gently's Holistic Dete...
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86 Polar Star (Arkady Renko, #2)
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87 The Suspicions of Mr. Which...
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88 The Murders in the Rue Morg...
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89 The Bourne Identity (Jason ...
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90 The Way Some People Die
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91 Trio for Blunt Instruments ...
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92 Black Money
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93 The Goodbye Look
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94 Baltimore Blues (Tess Monag...
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95 4:50 from Paddington (Miss ...
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96 Kafka on the Shore
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97 The Three Coffins (Dr. Gide...
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97 A Pocket Full of Rye (Miss ...
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99 The Moving Target
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100 Blood Rites (The Dresden Fi...
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Comments (showing 1-8 of 8) (8 new)

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message 1: by Betty (new)

Betty I hope Confidentail Communications wins this category. This author is very deserving.

Go, Jeannine!

Hugs - Betty Dravis


message 2: by Caleb (new)

Caleb I'm very exited by how many people have added to / voted on this list! I'd like to recommend an amazing film to anyone who enjoys this genre: its called "murder, my sweet". an old film noir classic based on the Chandler novel. Rick Powell plays an excellent Phillip Marlowe.


message 3: by AJ (last edited Nov 26, 2009 02:12AM) (new)

AJ Girl with a dragon tattoo needs to be on here!

OH whoops, I'm apparently a goodreads newb. Added.


message 4: by Cindy (new)

Cindy I wouldn't call Sherlock Holmes contemporary.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Or Agatha Christie, for that matter.


message 6: by John (new)

John In "Throwing Stones" by John Wasik and Phillip Parrish, detective authors ignite imagination, depicts enmity against the West with plausible disturbing attack on America.


message 7: by Foxontherun (new)

Foxontherun Good to see Rex Stout on this list!


message 8: by Allie (new)

Allie Tyler I was pleasantly surprised to see Kingdom of Heroes on here. I love that book.


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