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Chandler to Turow – 30 must-read crime fiction writers

There is an endless fascination with fictional crime, criminals, and the dedicated professionals who bring them to justice. Serial killers and FBI profilers, kidnappers and cops, and grifters and gumshoes are welcome visitors to our bookshelves. Society’s dark underbelly and the twisted mind of the criminal are exciting places to visit.

Crime fiction has been around since the 19th century, with stories from writers like Edgar Allan Poe in the U.S., Wilkie Collins and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the U.K, Fyodor Dostoyevski in Russia, and Paul Féval and Émile Gaboriau in France. Féval’s eleven The Black Coats novels, published between 1863-1875, comprise what is considered one of the first crime fiction series, and Gaboriau’s police detective Monsieur Lecoq influenced Conan Doyle’s creation of Sherlock Holmes.

This small sample of crime fiction’s best authors will keep you riveted long into the night.

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