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4.10 avg rating — 86,242 ratings
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3.78 avg rating — 372,403 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 53,673 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 231,708 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 152,158 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 40,332 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 151,834 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 50,428 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 52,864 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 112,809 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 905,457 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 93,435 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 46,941 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 690,449 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 44,711 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 48,339 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 36,915 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 20,554 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 217,067 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 42,618 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 72,891 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 145,856 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 53,540 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 62,703 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 79,413 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 29,598 ratings
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3.58 avg rating — 1,182 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 45,308 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 39,987 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 7,024 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 59,043 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 28,007 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 38,232 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 98,525 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 547,207 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 70,753 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 65,816 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 44,746 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 15,813 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 33,748 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 777,677 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 15,191 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 23,368 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 33,222 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 24,806 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 34,525 ratings
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4.41 avg rating — 17 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 15,826 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 630,108 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 264,940 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 540,982 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 37,831 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 249,923 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 102,195 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 17,639 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 31,010 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 8,786 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 9,318 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 41,024 ratings
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3.33 avg rating — 75 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 15,076 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 67,260 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 30,774 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 39,000 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 67,586 ratings
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1,237 books · 704 voters · list created May 19th, 2013 by Melissa (votes) .
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Melissa 656 books
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads 3307 books
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Laura 12498 books
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Karen 2769 books
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Shanta 1175 books
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Dagny 1979 books
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Bettie 15669 books
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message 1: by Phil (new)

Phil Why on earth is Stieg Larsson in this list?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I'll remove those.


message 3: by Phil (new)

Phil :) - I didn't know these lists were curated :)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads There are a few Listopia addicts (speaking personally) who are librarians.


message 5: by Encyclopedia (new)

Encyclopedia Susanna - Censored by GoodReads wrote: "I'll remove those."

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest is still there.

It also seems like the works of Treyce Montoya are not a good fit for this list.


message 6: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Mar 22, 2015 10:28AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed S.J. Watson, Max Davine, Stuart Woods, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (all male author). Also the Treyce Montoya books, as books about handwriting analysis are not crime/mystery/thriller novels.


message 7: by Alma Q (new)

Alma Q Removed Harlan Coben, Stuart Woods & Bill Culver. I'd be greatly surprised if they turn out to be women.


message 8: by BookLovingLady (last edited Jan 31, 2017 02:50AM) (new)

BookLovingLady Phil wrote: "Why on earth is Stieg Larsson in this list?"

I've removed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It's like Alma Q said earlier, I'd be greatly surprised if the author turns out to be a woman :-)


message 9: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Sparr How can I find a book when I can't remember the author or the title but I can recall the entire plot. Looked for it here, but nothing came to me. I was such a good mystery too. I've been researching everywhere.


message 10: by Mary (new)

Mary Patricia wrote: "How can I find a book when I can't remember the author or the title but I can recall the entire plot. Looked for it here, but nothing came to me. I was such a good mystery too. I've been researchin..."

contact a librarian and regale them with the story. If they don't know the book, they should still be able to point you in the right direction.


message 11: by BookLovingLady (last edited Mar 17, 2017 02:07AM) (new)

BookLovingLady @Patricia & Mary
There is a group called What's The Name of That Book???


message 13: by Letitia (new)

Letitia Does anyone know of a list of political thrillers with female protagonists/leads (not necessarily written by written although that's cool, too)? What are your favorites?


message 14: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Lee child shouldn't be in this list either.


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