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102

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4.06 avg rating — 44,744 ratings
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3.61 avg rating — 32,119 ratings
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104

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3.88 avg rating — 46,426 ratings
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105

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4.09 avg rating — 64,584 ratings
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106

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4.07 avg rating — 29,541 ratings
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107

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4.19 avg rating — 49,282 ratings
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108

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4.19 avg rating — 27,085 ratings
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109

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4.08 avg rating — 9,113 ratings
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110

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4.12 avg rating — 60,711 ratings
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111

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3.89 avg rating — 26,086 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 15,539 ratings
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113

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4.04 avg rating — 493,175 ratings
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114

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4.11 avg rating — 150,155 ratings
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115

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4.19 avg rating — 32,017 ratings
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116

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3.93 avg rating — 22,854 ratings
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117

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3.40 avg rating — 2,786 ratings
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118

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3.96 avg rating — 5,907 ratings
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119

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3.94 avg rating — 27,941 ratings
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120

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3.93 avg rating — 21,143 ratings
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121

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3.90 avg rating — 7,108 ratings
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122

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3.96 avg rating — 27,729 ratings
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123

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4.11 avg rating — 140,460 ratings
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124

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4.10 avg rating — 334,161 ratings
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125

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4.28 avg rating — 17,166 ratings
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125

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4.26 avg rating — 53,800 ratings
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127

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4.01 avg rating — 18,245 ratings
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128

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4.06 avg rating — 10,128 ratings
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129

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4.14 avg rating — 138,503 ratings
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130

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4.09 avg rating — 28,838 ratings
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131

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3.81 avg rating — 11,364 ratings
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132

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3.52 avg rating — 11,476 ratings
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133

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3.89 avg rating — 24,651 ratings
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134

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4.06 avg rating — 16,038 ratings
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135

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3.90 avg rating — 13,950 ratings
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136

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4.38 avg rating — 24 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 23 ratings
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4.44 avg rating — 59 ratings
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139

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3.97 avg rating — 27,209 ratings
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140

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4.12 avg rating — 21,458 ratings
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141

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3.90 avg rating — 9,160 ratings
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142

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3.94 avg rating — 4,588 ratings
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143

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3.95 avg rating — 12,222 ratings
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144

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3.71 avg rating — 239,439 ratings
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145

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3.68 avg rating — 3,124 ratings
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146

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4.17 avg rating — 34,810 ratings
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147

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148

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4.17 avg rating — 130,118 ratings
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149

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3.98 avg rating — 7,294 ratings
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150

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3.58 avg rating — 4,686 ratings
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151

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3.75 avg rating — 982 ratings
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152

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3.96 avg rating — 4,741 ratings
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153

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4.06 avg rating — 14,148 ratings
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153

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4.57 avg rating — 744,280 ratings
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155

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3.82 avg rating — 2,060,596 ratings
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156

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4.28 avg rating — 777,849 ratings
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157

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4.20 avg rating — 173,497 ratings
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157

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4.05 avg rating — 32,439 ratings
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159

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4.12 avg rating — 8,511 ratings
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160

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3.91 avg rating — 15,741 ratings
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161

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4.13 avg rating — 8,109 ratings
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162

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3.74 avg rating — 62,607 ratings
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163

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3.94 avg rating — 9,982 ratings
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164

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3.91 avg rating — 8,049 ratings
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164

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166

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166

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4.35 avg rating — 458 ratings
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168

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4.31 avg rating — 104 ratings
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169

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4.11 avg rating — 35,384 ratings
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170

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171

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172

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173

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174

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175

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176

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3.92 avg rating — 35,669 ratings
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177

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3.91 avg rating — 160,490 ratings
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178

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180

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181

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183

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185

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3.71 avg rating — 399,288 ratings
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186

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4.10 avg rating — 12,956 ratings
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187

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188

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3.96 avg rating — 47,626 ratings
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189

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189

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3.72 avg rating — 23,520 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 26,739 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 18,192 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 16,777 ratings
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198

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3.73 avg rating — 8,381 ratings
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199

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4.23 avg rating — 474,705 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 33,557 ratings
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1,123 books · 657 voters · list created May 19th, 2013 by Melissa (votes) .
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Melissa 650 books
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads 3245 books
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Laura 12040 books
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Karen 2748 books
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Shanta 1052 books
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Dagny 1979 books
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Bettie 15602 books
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Pixelina 3372 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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