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NoThe Crime Writers Association List (British based)ReadNoThe U.S. list (1995)Read
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1Josephine Tey: The Daughter of Time (1951)X1Arthur Conan Doyle: The Complete Sherlock Holmes (1887-1927)
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2Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep (1939)X2Dashiell Hammett: The Maltese Falcon (1930)X
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3John le Carré: The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (1963)X3Edgar Allan Poe: Tales of Mystery & Imagination (1852)
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4Dorothy L. Sayers: Gaudy Night (1935)4Josephine Tey: The Daughter of Time (1951)
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5Agatha Christie: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)5Scott Turow: Presumed Innocent (1987)
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6Daphne du Maurier: Rebecca (1938)X6John le Carré: The Spy Who Came In From the Cold (1963)X
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7Raymond Chandler: Farewell My Lovely (1940)X7Wilkie Collins: The Moonstone (1868)
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8Wilkie Collins: The Moonstone (1868)8Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep (1939)X
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9Len Deighton: The IPCRESS File (1962)9Daphne du Maurier: Rebecca (1938)X
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10Dashiell Hammett: The Maltese Falcon (1930)X10Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None (1939)X
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11Josephine Tey: The Franchise Affair (1948)11Robert Traver: Anatomy of a Murder (1958)
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12Hillary Waugh: Last Seen Wearing ... (1952)12Agatha Christie: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)
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13Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rose (1980)X13Raymond Chandler: The Long Goodbye (1953)
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14Geoffrey Household: Rogue Male (1939)14James M. Cain: The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934)
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15Raymond Chandler: The Long Goodbye (1953)X15Mario Puzo: The Godfather (1969)[note 2]X
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16Francis Iles: Malice Aforethought (1931)16Thomas Harris: The Silence of the Lambs (1988)
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17Frederick Forsyth: The Day of the Jackal (1971)X17Eric Ambler: A Coffin for Dimitrios (1939)
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18Dorothy L. Sayers: The Nine Tailors (1934)18Dorothy L. Sayers: Gaudy Night (1935)
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19Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None (1939)X19Agatha Christie: The Witness for the Prosecution (1948)
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20John Buchan: The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915)X20Frederick Forsyth: The Day of the Jackal (1971)X
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21Arthur Conan Doyle: The Collected Sherlock Holmes Short Stories (1892-1927)[note 1]21Raymond Chandler: Farewell My Lovely (1940)X
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22Dorothy L. Sayers: Murder Must Advertise (1933)X22John Buchan: The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915)X
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23Edgar Allan Poe: Tales of Mystery & Imagination (1852)23Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rose (1980)X
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24Eric Ambler: The Mask of Dimitrios (1939)24Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Crime and Punishment (1866)X
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25Edmund Crispin: The Moving Toyshop (1946)25Ken Follett: Eye of the Needle (1978)[note 2]X
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26Margery Allingham: The Tiger in the Smoke (1952)26John Mortimer: Rumpole of the Bailey (1978)
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27Peter Lovesey: The False Inspector Dew (1982)27Thomas Harris: Red Dragon (1981)[note 2]
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28Wilkie Collins: The Woman in White (1860)28Dorothy L. Sayers: The Nine Tailors (1934)
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29Barbara Vine: A Dark-Adapted Eye (1986)29Gregory Mcdonald: Fletch (1974)[note 2]
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30James M. Cain: The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934)30John Le Carré: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1974)
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31Dashiell Hammett: The Glass Key (1931)X31Dashiell Hammett: The Thin Man (1934)
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32Arthur Conan Doyle: The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)X32Wilkie Collins: The Woman in White (1860)
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33John le Carré: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1974)33E. C. Bentley: Trent's Last Case (1913)
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34E. C. Bentley: Trent's Last Case (1913)34James M. Cain: Double Indemnity (1943)
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35Ian Fleming: From Russia, with Love (1957)X35Martin Cruz Smith: Gorky Park (1981)X
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36Ed McBain: Cop Hater (1956)36Dorothy L. Sayers: Strong Poison (1930)
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37Colin Dexter: The Dead of Jericho (1981)37Tony Hillerman: Dance Hall of the Dead (1973)
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38Patricia Highsmith: Strangers on a Train (1950)38Donald E. Westlake: The Hot Rock (1970)
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39Ruth Rendell: A Judgement in Stone (1977)39Dashiell Hammett: Red Harvest (1929)
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40John Dickson Carr: The Hollow Man (1935)40Mary Roberts Rinehart: The Circular Staircase (1908)
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41Anthony Berkeley: The Poisoned Chocolates Case (1929)41Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express (1934)X
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42Ellis Peters: A Morbid Taste for Bones (1977)42John Grisham: The Firm (1991)X
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43Ellis Peters: The Leper of Saint Giles (1981)43Len Deighton: The IPCRESS File (1962)
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44Ira Levin: A Kiss Before Dying (1953)44Vera Caspary: Laura (1942)[note 2]
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45Patricia Highsmith: The Talented Mr. Ripley (1955)45Mickey Spillane: I, the Jury (1947)X
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46Graham Greene: Brighton Rock (1938)46Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö: The Laughing Policeman (1968)
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47Raymond Chandler: The Lady in the Lake (1943)47Donald E. Westlake: Bank Shot (1972)
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48Scott Turow: Presumed Innocent (1987)48Graham Greene: The Third Man (1950)
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49Ruth Rendell: A Demon in My View (1976)49Jim Thompson: The Killer Inside Me (1952)
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50John Dickson Carr: The Devil in Velvet (1951)50Mary Higgins Clark: Where Are the Children? (1975)
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51Barbara Vine: A Fatal Inversion (1987)51Sue Grafton: "A" is for Alibi (1982)X
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52Michael Innes: The Journeying Boy (1949)52Lawrence Sanders: The First Deadly Sin (1973)
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53P. D. James: A Taste for Death (1986)53Tony Hillerman: A Thief of Time (1989)
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54Jack Higgins: The Eagle Has Landed (1975)54Truman Capote: In Cold Blood (1966)
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55Mary Stewart: My Brother Michael (1960)55Geoffrey Household: Rogue Male (1939)
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56Peter Lovesey: Bertie and the Tin Man (1987)56Dorothy L. Sayers: Murder Must Advertise (1933)X
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57Susan Moody: Penny Black (1984)57G. K. Chesterton: The Innocence of Father Brown (1911)
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58Len Deighton: Game, Set & Match (1984-1986)58John le Carré: Smiley's People (1979)
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59Dick Francis: The Danger (1983)59Raymond Chandler: The Lady in the Lake (1943)
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60P. D. James: Devices and Desires (1989)60Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird (1960)
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61Reginald Hill: Underworld (1988)61Graham Greene: Our Man in Havana (1958)
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62Mary Stewart: Nine Coaches Waiting (1958)62Charles Dickens: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1870)
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63Paula Gosling: A Running Duck (1978)63Peter Lovesey: Wobble to Death (1970)
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64Michael Gilbert: Smallbone Deceased (1950)64W. Somerset Maugham: Ashenden (1928)
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65Lionel Davidson: The Rose of Tibet (1962)65Nicholas Meyer: The Seven Per-Cent Solution (1974)
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66P. D. James: Innocent Blood (1980)66Rex Stout: The Doorbell Rang (1965)
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67Dorothy L. Sayers: Strong Poison (1930)67Elmore Leonard: Stick (1983)
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68Michael Innes: Hamlet, Revenge! (1937)68John le Carré: The Little Drummer Girl (1983)X
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69Tony Hillerman: A Thief of Time (1989)69Graham Greene: Brighton Rock (1938)
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70Caryl Brahms & S. J. Simon: A Bullet in the Ballet (1937)70Bram Stoker: Dracula (1897)X
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71Reginald Hill: Dead Heads (1983)71Patricia Highsmith: The Talented Mr. Ripley (1955)
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72Graham Greene: The Third Man (1950)72Edmund Crispin: The Moving Toyshop (1946)
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73Anthony Price: The Labyrinth Makers (1974)73John Grisham: A Time to Kill (1989)
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74Adam Hall: The Quiller Memorandum (1965)74Hillary Waugh: Last Seen Wearing ... (1952)
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75Margaret Millar: Beast in View (1955)75W. R. Burnett: Little Caesar (1929)
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76Sarah Caudwell: The Shortest Way to Hades (1984)76George V. Higgins: The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1972)
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77Desmond Bagley: Running Blind (1970)77Dorothy L. Sayers: Clouds of Witness (1927)
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78Dick Francis: Twice Shy (1981)78Ian Fleming: From Russia, with Love (1957)X
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79Richard Condon: The Manchurian Candidate (1959)79Margaret Millar: Beast in View (1955)
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80Caroline Graham: The Killings at Badger's Drift (1987)80Michael Gilbert: Smallbone Deceased (1950)
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81Nicholas Blake: The Beast Must Die (1938)81Josephine Tey: The Franchise Affair (1948)
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82Martin Cruz Smith: Gorky Park (1981) X82Elizabeth Peters: Crocodile on the Sandbank (1975)
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83Agatha Christie: Death Comes as the End (1945)83P. D. James: Shroud for a Nightingale (1971)
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84Christianna Brand: Green for Danger (1945)84Tom Clancy: The Hunt for Red October (1984)
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85Cyril Hare: Tragedy at Law (1942)85Ross Thomas: Chinaman's Chance (1978)
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86John Fowles: The Collector (1963)X86Joseph Conrad: The Secret Agent (1907)
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87J. J. Marric: Gideon's Day (1955)87John D. MacDonald: The Dreadful Lemon Sky (1975)
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88Lionel Davidson: The Sun Chemist (1976)88Dashiell Hammett: The Glass Key (1931)X
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89Alistair MacLean: The Guns of Navarone (1957)X89Ruth Rendell: A Judgement in Stone (1977)
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90Julian Symons: The Colour of Murder (1957)90Josephine Tey: Brat Farrar (1950)
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91John Buchan: Greenmantle (1916)91Ross Macdonald: The Chill (1963)
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92Erskine Childers: The Riddle of the Sands (1903)92Walter Mosley: Devil in a Blue Dress (1990)
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93Peter Lovesey: Wobble to Death (1970)X93Joseph Wambaugh: The Choirboys (1975)
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94Dashiell Hammett: Red Harvest (1929)94Donald E. Westlake: God Save the Mark (1967)
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95Ken Follett: The Key to Rebecca (1980)X95Craig Rice: Home Sweet Homicide (1944)
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96Ed McBain: Sadie When She Died (1972)96John Dickson Carr: The Three Coffins (1935)
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97H. R. F. Keating: The Murder of the Maharajah (1980)97Richard Condon: Prizzi's Honor (1982)
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98Simon Brett: What Bloody Man Is That? (1987)98James McClure: The Steam Pig (1974)
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99Gavin Lyall: Shooting Script (1966)99Jack Finney: Time and Again (1970)
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