What are the best hard-boiled crime novels?

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    #1The Maltese Falcon

    The Maltese Falcon

    The detective Sam Spade gets the visit of Miss Wonderly to ask him to track down her sister. But Miss Wonderley is no who she says to be, and when Miles Archer, Spade's partner, is shot on duty, finds himself hunted. 

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    Phillip Baker
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I read this book in high school and loved it. Five decades later, I picked it up again and dove straight into the world of Sam Spade all over again. It is a true American crime classic that never grows old. "
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    #2Tell No One

    Tell No One

    Tell No One by Harlan Coben is a mystery, thriller novel published in 2001. This book follows the story of Dr. David Beck after he lost his wife and a haunting message he received that could possibly mean she is alive. 

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    Juan Carlos Varela
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Reading Tell No One by Harlan Coben was an experience full of adventurous propensities for me. It aroused in me the awareness that the sense of security and guarantee that we have in life maybe somewhat illusion and by questioning them, we ought to appreciate every bit of it. I am currently in relationship, and the depicted character Dr. David Breck, who relentlessly searches for his lost wife, makes me appreciate, care and love my partner even more. The book inspires a sense of belonging and ultimate care for someone you really love and care"
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    #3Table 21

    Table 21
    Zoë Green, the television star of the moment has disappeared: the last time she had been seen was leaving the Evangeline's, the best restaurant in Tribeca and owned by her friend Roman Sabarese. Stanley Fitzgerald, an NYPD officer takes over the investigation, a mysterious kidnapping that can change the face of Italian mafia for ever. 





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    Michelle Allen
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "Ordered this on a whim and oh my god. it's so GOOD! I love the 80's feel of it too. I've already recommended it to all my friends. "
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    #4The I-5 Killer

    The I-5 Killer

    The I-5 Killer by Ann Rule is a nonfiction, true-crime novel published in 1984. This book tells the story of a star athlete named Randall Woodfield who claimed at least 45 lives during his killing spree through California to Washington.

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    Manuel Cortés
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "It took me just under 3 days to finish this once I started it. I blew through it cover to cover. Something about crime novels always hooks me. This one had me drawn in after just a few pages. Following the killer's activities and investigation kept me really interested."
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    #5The Search for the Green River Killer

    The Search for the Green River Killer

    The Search for the Green River Killer by Carlton Smith is a biographical true-crime novel first published in 1991. This book tells the story of Gary Ridgway who confessed to a crime of killing 49 women between 1982–1998.

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    Abhinav Subramanium
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "I thought I had read everything about Gary Ridgway, I was wrong. The Search for the Green River Killer goes into more detail that I had previously known."
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    #6Gone for Good

    Gone for Good
    Gone for Good by Harlan Coben is a mystery, thriller novel published in 2002. This book tells the story of a young woman murdered in Will Klein's basement and the prime suspect is his older brother, Ken.
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    Brenda Carpenter
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "This novel is okay but a little difficult to follow along with. There are better options out there, so use this as a last resort. It's something you'd grab off a self if you were desperate with nothing else to read. "
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    #7Deviant

    Deviant

    Deviant by Harold Schechter is a biographical true-crime novel originally published in 1989. This book follows the shocking true story of notorious, psychotic killer Ed Gein. 

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    Doris Alvarado
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "True crime fans must check this out. It tells the store of Ed Gein who inspired so many books and movies. Not for the faint of heart only the hardcore crime fans should read this! "
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    #8The Serial Killer Files

    The Serial Killer Files

    The Serial Killer Files: The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the World's Most Terrifying Murderers by Harold Schechter is a true-crime novel published in 2003. This book follows the maniac crimes of some of the world's notorious killers.

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    Mildred Garrett
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "I bought this for my niece who's into true crime, and so far she seems to be pleased. She said her favorite chapters were about the least famous killers, because she already knew about most others. There seems to be a lot of information presented within."
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    #9No Second Chance

    No Second Chance

    No Second Chance by Harlan Coben is a mystery thriller book published in 2003. This novel follows the story of Dr. Marc Seidman and his unwavering resolute to save his daughter from his enemies even if it may cost his life.

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    Marina Rojas
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "This is probably one of my favorite Harlan Coben books so far. I thought it was well written and the suspense was great. I read this book in two days, which is saying a lot for me because I do not usually read so fast. It is great for fans of Coben as well as fans of crime and suspense novels in general. If you are not already a fan, this is a good choice to pick up and try out because I promise you will be hooked!"
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    #10Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters

    Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters

    Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters by Peter Vronsky is an in-depth examination of some of the most controversial murders in the history of mankind. This true-crime novel was first published in 2004.

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    #11The Big Sleep

    The Big Sleep

    The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler is the hero of the author's first groundbreaking novel. This book involves vivid scenes, striking metaphors, and tough lines in between characters.

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    James Meyer
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "A very descriptive and vivid crime novel is among the better books by Chandler and many others in this genre. This story involves a millionaire hiring a PI to investigate a person that is blackmailing one of his daughters, in which the PI gets involved in his own bit of blackmail and extortion. "
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    #12The Killer Inside Me

    The Killer Inside Me

    The Killer Inside Me is a fictional crime novel written by Jim Thompson. The Killer Inside Me was published on March 13, 1991 by Vintage. The Killer Inside Me is set in Central City , Texas.

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    Ling Wu
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Wow! What a book! I just read The Killer Inside Me and I think it's one of the best hard-boiled crime novels out there. I think Jim Thompson weaved a great web that kept me on the edge of my seat. "
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    #13A Swell-Looking Babe

    A Swell-Looking Babe

    A Swell-Looking Babe is a fictional mystery and crime novel written by Jim Thompson. A Swell-Looking Babe was published on August 5, 2014 by Mulholland Books. A Swell-Looking Babe is about

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    Catherine Lee
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "A Swell-Looking Babe is a solid and fairly engaging read. Jim Thompson has better stories, but this is a fun read and certainly worth any fan of hard-boiled crime novel's time."
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    #14The Getaway

    The Getaway

    The Getaway is a fictional crime/mystery novel written by Jim Thompson. The Getaway was published on August 5, 2014 by Mulholland Books. The Getaway is about a skiloled criminal named Doc McCoy.

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    Jane Kelly
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "The Getaway is the typical story of a bank robbery gone awry. Full of mistakes by dumb criminals who have to endure tragic consequences. Loyalties change and lead to betrayals and mix ups. Good if you like crime novels. "
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    #15The Grifters

    The Grifters

    is a fictional crime novel written by Jim Thompson

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    Amber Webb
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is an older crime story that is still a good read today. I read it in just a few nights."
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    #16Farewell, My Lovely

    Farewell, My Lovely

    Farewell, My Lovely is a mystery fiction novel written by Raymond Chandler. This is the second book in the Philip Marlowe series. This book was originally published in 1940.

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    Edward Brown
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "You can’t discuss detective novels without mentioning Raymond Chandler and Philip Marlowe. They are the epitome of the Hard-Boiled detective genre. I couldn’t put this book down. I read it straight through. Marlowe stepped in this time: murder, jewel-thieves, and more murder. Crime novel fans must read this. "
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    #17Savage Night

    Savage Night

    Savage Night is a fictional crime/mystery novel written by Jim Thompson. Savage Night was published on November 5, 1991 by Vintage. Savage Night is about a college kid named Carl Bigelow.

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    Anthony Grant
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Savage Night was not as enjoyable as I thought it would be. Overall the book gave me many bad feelings and I was unsure of why I kept reading. Not the best hard boiled crime novel out there. "
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    #18The Corpse Wore Pasties (Hard Case Crime)

    The Corpse Wore Pasties (Hard Case Crime)

    The Corpse Wore Pasties by Jonny Porkpie is a hard-boiled mystery fiction novel originally published in 2009. This book is the 62nd issue of the Hard Case Crime series. It tells the mysterious death of a burlesque dancer.

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    Ronald Herrera
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "It was a delightful read, a lighter fare from most Hard Case Crime titles, but it was a juicy mystery nonetheless."
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    #19The Kill-Off

    The Kill-Off

    The Kill-Off is a fictional crime and mystery novel written by Jim Thompson. The Kill-Off was published on August 5, 2014 by Mulholland Books. The Kill-Off is about a girl named Luane Devore.

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    Rachel Bryant
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "A friend gifted me the book "The Kill-Off" for my birthday because I love crime and mystery novels. This was by far my favorite gift I received! What a page turner! I couldn't wait to get to the end to see how everything played out!"
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    #20The Cartel: A novel

    The Cartel: A novel

    The Cartel is a mystery, suspense, thriller, crime-fiction novel written by Don Winslow. First published in 2015 by Knopf, it centers on the story of DEA agent Art Keller and his involvement in the Mexican-American drug wars

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    Wayne Hall
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Add: A New York times bestseller. Don Winslow is the critically acclaimed, award-winning, internationally bestselling author of nineteen novels, including The Power of the Dog, Savages, The Winter of Frankie Machine and The Cartel. He was former investigator, anti-terrorist trainer and trial consultant. Over 1,300 reviews at Amazon 4 1/2 stars."
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    #21Gun Work (Hard Case Crime)

    Gun Work (Hard Case Crime)

    Gun Work by David J. Schow is a mystery crime fiction novel originally published in 2011. This book is the 49th novel in the Hard Case Crime series. It tells the story of Carl Ledbetter and his wife kidnapped by unknown enemies.

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    Ruth Baker
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "This would be a great choice for a crime novel. You can read them in any order in the series."
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    #22Pop. 1280 (Crime Masterworks)

    Pop. 1280 (Crime Masterworks)

    Pop. 1280 (Crime Masterworks) is a fictional crime novel written by Jim Thompson. Pop. 1280 (Crime Masterworks) was published in year 2003 by Orion. Pop. 1280 (Crime Masterworks) revolves around a man named Nick Corey.

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    Brenda Alvarez
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Pop. 1280 (Crime Masterworks) is one of the better hard-boiled crime novels that I have read. The plot revolves around a man Nick Corey who has to deal with the many struggles in his life and you get to really see this person grow throughout the story. I think it is a good story and would recommend it if you are looking for a great hard-boiled crime novel."
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    #23Grifter's Game (Hard Case Crime)

    Grifter's Game (Hard Case Crime)
    Grifter's Game is a mystery crime noir fiction and the first book in Hard Case Crime series written by Lawrence Block. It is first published in 1961. 
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    Marilyn Green
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I enjoyed the main character in this book, but not as much as I did in the author's other books. I felt he wasn't as personable as his later characters. It's still an okay book, but the later works were more enjoyable for me."
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    #24Quarry's Vote

    Quarry's Vote

    Quarry's Vote is a mystery noir fiction and the fifth book in Quarry series written by Max Allan Collins. It is first published in 2016 by Hard Case Crime imprint. 

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    Tim Zhou
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Quarry's Vote is one of the best hard-boiled crime novels. If you like crime novels you will love this book. It is made of paper and I had to keep turning the pages to keep reading it. It kept me reading right to the end of the book at which point I had to stop!"
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    #25Fifty-to-One (Hard Case Crime)

    Fifty-to-One (Hard Case Crime)

    Fifty-to-One by Charles Ardai is a mystery crime fiction and hard-boiled novel originally published in 2008. This is the 50th book in the Hard Case Crime series. The story of this book was set in 1958 in the buzzing hub of New York City.

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    Teresa Walker
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "I was surprised how great this mystery novel was. It was well written. It has good solid characters. "
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    #26Without Consent

    Without Consent

    Without Consent is the second book in the crime mystery thriller series Dr. Anya Crichton written by Kathryn Fox which follows forensic pathologist and physician Dr. Anya Crichton as she faces a dilemma on her career. 

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    Amit Gavde
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "What a thrilling novel. I loved everything about it. I couldn't put the book down. I was able to finish the book in 2 days. I loved it but my wife hates me for disappearing for 2 days. "

Summary

Best What are the best hard-boiled crime novels
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Maltese FalconBooks 60 Paid
2Tell No OneBooks 55 Paid
3Table 21Books 53 Paid
4The I-5 KillerBooks 51 Paid
5The Search for the Green River KillerBooks 49 Paid
6Gone for GoodBooks 47 Paid
7DeviantBooks 44 Paid
8The Serial Killer FilesBooks 44 Paid
9No Second ChanceBooks 39 Paid
10Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of MonstersBooks 37 Paid
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