Top Five Literary Crime Novels of All Time

    Author :  Sharry Helms

Crime and suspense thrillers have always been in high demand amongst fiction aficionados. These books, if well written, completely hook up the reader and prove to be a compulsive page-turner. Lately, the popularity of this genre has seen tremendous boost because of publishing of some really great write-ups.  Today, we have picked 5 crime novels of all time written by the world’s most popular crime authors. Here goes the list:

The Black Box by Michael Connelly:

This is a tightly knit tale by Michael Connelly who has added one more to the apparently unlimited supply of cases that urge L.A. Detective Harry Bosch – a cop with a mission—to tip the scales of justice toward the murder of a Danish Journalist during the riots in Los Angeles 20 years ago following the Rodney King case. In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch found the bullet, a nine-millimeter Remington, from a recent crime to a file from 1992, which he assumed came from the gun that killed young female photographer during the riots. Detective Harry Bosch initially investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved.

The Complete Sherlock Holmes  by Arthur Conan Doyle:

Sherlock Homes is a mesmerizing creation by the most talented and literary brilliant author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. There is about more than hundred years have passed since Sir Doyle introduced his matchless sleuth, The Complete Sherlock Holmes, to the world–and his fame has never waned. This volume includes the complete canon of Sir Doyle’s original adventure stories- 56 short stories and four novels from “A Study in Scarlet (1887)” to “His Last Bow,” portraying sleuthing skills of Holmes.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie’s:


And Then There Were None is the best ever written novel by the most famous thriller mystery author- Agatha Christie, in which 10 strangers, each with a sinister secret, are lured to a mysterious resort home in an vacant Island by a strange host and killed off one by one. Cut off from the world skirmishing growing panic, they move quickly to reveal the strange killer even as they are less in number in macabre. This ingenious thriller novel shows terror in people’s consciences, and the revulsion among strangers. For those who really want to read an enthralling murder mystery, this book should really make their day.

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett:

Hammett’s Sam Spade is a slightly shopworn archetypally tough novel of 1930 that was initially serialized in the Black Mask Magazine. In The Maltese Falcon, Spade is strong enough to bluff the three eccentric gangsters with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grafter named Joel Cairo, a fat man name Gutman, and Brigid O’Shaughnessy, a gorgeous liar woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the main features of Dashiell Hammett’s coolly glittering gem of detective fiction, a novel that has haunted three generations of readers.

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler:

Written in 1939, The Big Sheep is Raymond Chandler’s first Philip Marlowe hardboiled crime novel, which has a plenty of the gritty feeling, entertaining wordplay and jargon, and wicked characters. The story is set in Los Angeles where Private Investigator Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old man Sternwood, crippled and wheelchair-bound, is being given the squeeze by a blackmailer and he hires Marlowe to handle the black mailer. However, with Sternwood’s two wild, devil-may-care daughters looting LA’s sun-blinded streets, Marlowe has got his work elsewhere- and that’s before he stumbles over the first corpse!


Hope our readers would like this list. If your personal favorite crime fiction isn’t on the list, you can share it in the comment section below. If you are among those who are in need of these kinds of books, you can have copies of them from and its sister site  

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