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17 Best Crime Books of All Time


Our goal: Find what the internet ranks as the best Crime books (instead of one person's opinion).

    Our process:
  1. Search for "best crime books" and study the top 5 articles.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (This took a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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  1. 2

    In Cold Blood

    Truman Capote

  2. 7
  3. 8
  4. 9
  5. 11

    Columbine

    Dave Cullen

  6. 13
  7. 14

    Strangers on a Train

    Patricia Highsmith

  8. 17

    My Dark Places

    James Ellroy

FAQ

  • How was this Crime books list created?

    We searched for "best Crime books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many Crime books are in this list?

    There are 17 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Crime books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Crime books on the internet.

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