I came across this list on Raven’s blog (which I love!) and I thought it would be a great thing to use as a reference in the future.

I haven’t read any of these – I’ve only recently started getting into the crime genre – but I plan to, so this is my guide to “classic” crime books. The list features a book by a very famous Portuguese author, so that’s exciting! Although I wouldn’t really consider that a crime book – at least not a regular one since it’s about a moral crime, not an actual crime.

The plan here is to cross out the books I read as time goes by, kind of like a record to keep here on the blog.
Here are the books featured in the crime section:

  1. The Man with the Golden Arm by Nelson Algren
  2. Fantomas by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre
  3. The Mask of Dimitrios by Eric Ambler
  4. Epitaph for a Spy by Eric Ambler
  5. Journey into Fear by Eric Ambler
  6. The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
  7. Trent’s Last Case by EC Bentley
  8. The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley
  9. The Beast Must Die by Nicholas Blake
  10. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary E Braddon
  11. The Neon Rain by James Lee Burke
  12. The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke
  13. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
  14. Greenmantle by John Buchan
  15. The Asphalt Jungle by WR Burnett
  16. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M Cain
  17. Double Indemnity by James M Cain
  18. True History of the Ned Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
  19. The Hollow Man by John Dickson Carr
  20. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  21. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
  22. No Orchids for Miss Blandish by James Hadley Chase
  23. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
  24. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  25. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
  26. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
  27. The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
  28. The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
  29. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  30. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  31. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  32. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  33. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
  34. The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon
  35. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
  36. Under Western Eyes by Joseph Conrad
  37. Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell
  38. The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
  39. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  40. Poetic Justice by Amanda Cross
  41. The Ipcress File by Len Deighton
  42. Last Seen Wearing by Colin Dexter
  43. The Remorseful Day by Colin Dexter
  44. Ratking by Michael Dibdin
  45. Dead Lagoon by Michael Dibdin
  46. Dirty Tricks by Michael Dibdin
  47. A Rich Full Death by Michael Dibdin
  48. Vendetta by Michael Dibdin
  49. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  50. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  51. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
  52. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  53. The Pledge by Friedrich Durrenmatt
  54. The Crime of Father Amaro by José Maria de Eça de Queiroz
  55. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  56. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  57. LA Confidential by James Ellroy
  58. The Big Nowhere by James Ellroy
  59. A Quiet Belief in Angels by RJ Ellory
  60. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
  61. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
  62. Goldfinger by Ian Fleming
  63. You Only Live Twice by Ian Fleming
  64. The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
  65. Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
  66. A Gun for Sale by Graham Greene
  67. The Ministry of Fear by Graham Greene
  68. The Third Man by Graham Greene
  69. A Time to Kill by John Grisham
  70. The King of Torts by John Grisham
  71. Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton
  72. The Glass Key by Dashiell Hammett
  73. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  74. Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
  75. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
  76. Fatherland by Robert Harris
  77. Black Sunday by Thomas Harris
  78. Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
  79. Tourist Season by Carl Hiaasen
  80. The Friends of Eddie Coyle by George V Higgins
  81. Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
  82. The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
  83. Bones and Silence by Reginald Hill
  84. A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes
  85. Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg
  86. Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household
  87. Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles
  88. Silence of the Grave by Arnadur Indridason
  89. Death at the President’s Lodging by Michael Innes
  90. Cover Her Face by PD James
  91. A Taste for Death by PD James
  92. Friday the Rabbi Slept Late by Harry Kemelman
  93. Misery by Stephen King
  94. Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King
  95. Kim by Rudyard Kipling
  96. The Constant Gardener by John le Carre
  97. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre
  98. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carre
  99. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  100. 52 Pick-up by Elmore Leonard
  101. Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard
  102. Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
  103. The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
  104. Cop Hater by Ed McBain
  105. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  106. Enduring Love by Ian McEwan
  107. Sidetracked by Henning Mankell
  108. Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
  109. The Great Impersonation by E Phillips Oppenheim
  110. The Strange Borders of Palace Crescent by E Phillips Oppenheim
  111. My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
  112. Toxic Shock by Sara Paretsky
  113. Blacklist by Sara Paretsky
  114. Nineteen Seventy Four by David Peace
  115. Nineteen Seventy Seven by David Peace
  116. The Big Blowdown by George Pelecanos
  117. Hard Revolution by George Pelecanos
  118. Lush Life by Richard Price
  119. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  120. V by Thomas Pynchon
  121. The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
  122. Black and Blue by Ian Rankin
  123. The Hanging Gardens by Ian Rankin
  124. Exit Music by Ian Rankin
  125. Judgment in Stone by Ruth Rendell
  126. Live Flesh by Ruth Rendell
  127. Dissolution by CJ Sansom
  128. Whose Body? by Dorothy L Sayers
  129. Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy Le Sayers
  130. The Madman of Bergerac by Georges Simenon
  131. The Blue Room by Georges Simenon
  132. The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo
  133. Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith
  134. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  135. The League of Frightened Men by Rex Stout
  136. Perfume by Patrick Suskind
  137. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  138. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
  139. The Getaway by Jim Thompson
  140. Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain
  141. A Dark-Adapted Eye by Barbara Vine
  142. A Fatal Inversion by Barbara Vine
  143. King Solomon’s Carpet by Barbara Vine
  144. The Four Just Men by Edgar Wallace
  145. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
  146. Native Son by Richard Wright
  147. Therese Raquin by Emile Zola

How many of these have you read? Let me know in the comments down below!

Thank you so much for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡

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