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3.77 avg rating — 304,112 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 212,041 ratings
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4.35 avg rating — 52 ratings
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4.78 avg rating — 32 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 92,908 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 75,672 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 37,660 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 36,323 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 41,061 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 2,111,149 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 678,340 ratings
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3.93 avg rating — 578,161 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 29,206 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 38,782 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 19,560 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 54,563 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 48,618 ratings
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3.65 avg rating — 775 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 70,004 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 133,173 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 150,556 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 36,792 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 52,456 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 67,540 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 30,633 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 35,722 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 35,073 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 26,167 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 27,525 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 80,640 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 61,734 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 12,726 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 41,387 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 23,366 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 481,905 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 21,802 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 30,300 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 58,827 ratings
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1,125 books · 646 voters · list created May 19th, 2013 by Melissa (votes) .
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Melissa 650 books
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads 3225 books
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Laura 11970 books
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Karen 2731 books
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Shanta 1047 books
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Dagny 1979 books
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Bettie 15582 books
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Pixelina 3303 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?


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