Crime fiction encompasses a wide variety of books that explore the minds of both criminals and the people who pursue them. This can include detective stories, murder mysteries, police adventures, and mystery novels.
I think crime fiction can pave the way to human salvation. I believe it can alleviate if not eliminate most of the psychosocial and emotional issues holding us all back.
- Greg Levin
Bluebird, BluebirdBy Attica Locke
Black Texas Ranger Darren Mathews travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders have stirred up a hornet's nest of resentment.
The Big SleepBy A dying millionaire hires private eye Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, and Marlowe quickly finds himself over his head.
Dare MeBy Megan Abbott
A crime novel set in an intensely competitive cheer squad where the raw passions of girlhood are brought to life in a taut, unflinching exploration of friendship, ambition, and power.
SwagBy Elmore Leonard
The smallest of small-time criminals, Ernest Stickley Jr. figures his luck's about to change when he meets a used car salesman with some surefire get rich quick schemes.
The Adventures of Sherlock HolmesBy Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The legendary adventures of Sherlock Holmes are considered milestones in the field of crime fiction, inspiring generations of adaptations.
Poirot InvestigatesBy Agatha Christie
This classic collection of Agatha Christie short stories follows the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot as he solves a series of mysteries.
The Short Fiction of Edgar Allan PoeBy Edgar Allan Poe
Poe helped found the crime and detective genres with some of his short stories like “The Gold-Bug” and “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.”
Whose Body?By Dorothy L. Sayers
The first in a popular series of crime novels featuring detective Lord Peter Wimsey. There’s a good deal of humor carefully balanced against the grim reality of murder.