Top-100 Thrillers

 By Author

 By Country

 Books for Christmas

 Action Thrillers [?]

 Cerebral Mysteries [?]

 Classical Mysteries

 Conspiracy Thrillers [?]

 Forensic Thrillers [?]

 Historical Mysteries

 Humor & Crime

 Legal Thrillers [?]

 Mafia Thrillers

 Medical Crime

 Military Thrillers

 Novel Noir [?]

 Police Procedurals

 Political Thrillers [?]

 Psychological-Thrillers [?]

 Unusual & Rare [?]

 Romance & Crime

 Serial Killer Mysteries

 Sex & Crime

 Spy Thrillers


 True Crime

 Village Mysteries

 Vintage Mysteries

 Young Readers

 Authors' Web Sites

 Writers' resources




Perhaps you want to write your own crime novel. Then you may find the following web links useful:

Literary Agents, Publishers, Research for Writers


Research for Writers Daniel Starer. If you need facts for a book this is the place to go.


Writeres Research Group: Research, editing, permissions negotiations, writing


Literarymarketplace Literary agents, publishers, editors, marketing of books, how-to-do advice


Guide to Literary Agents Another list of highly successful literary agents

Blogs, Fora


Detectives Beyond Borders: A forum for international crime fiction (because murder is more fun away from home).


The Gumshoe Site: Opened on January 8, 1996.


Don't Shoot the Writer: Blog of Britt Vasarhelyi

Associations of Professional Crime Writers


American Crime Writers League: Formed in the late 1980s by a group of writers who wanted a private forum for exchanging ideas.


Mystery Writers of America: Dedicated to promoting higher regard for crime writing.


Crime Writers of Canada: National association for professional crime writers. Newsletter, information on authors, awards, and links.


Crime Writers Queensland: Based in Brisbane, Australia.


International Association of Crime Writers:  Organization of professional writers to promote crime writing as a significant art form.

The Art of Crime Fiction Writing


Raymond Chandler: The Simple Art of Murder. 1950 (Houghton Mifflin) [Classic literary criticism]


Douglas Wynn: The Crime Writer's Sourcebook. 2000 (Allison & Busby)


Stephen King: On Writing. 2002 (Pocket)


Stephen King: Secret Windows - Essays and Fiction On The Craft Of Writing. 2000 (Book Of The Month Club)


Sol Stein: Solutions for Writers. 1999 (Souvenir Press)


Dorothea Brande: Becoming a Writer. 1996 (Pan)


Paul Mills: The Routledge Creative Writing Coursebook. 2006 (Routledge; 2nd Ed.)


Julia Bell: Creative Writing Coursebook. 2004


Natalie Goldberg: Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within. 2006 (Shambhala)


David Lodge: The Art of Fiction. Illustrated from Classic and Modern Texts. 1994 (Penguin)


Damon Knight: Creating Short Fiction: The Classic Guide to Writing Short Fiction. 1997 (St. Martin's Griffin; 3rd Ed.)


BBC: Writing Crime Fiction A master-class held by crime fiction authors Minette Walters and Mark Billingham in March 2004.


Martin Roth: The Crime Writer's Reference Guide: 1001 Tips for Writing the Perfect Murder. 2003 (Michael Miese Productions)

Selling Your Manuscript


T.W. Whalin / D.C. Goodrich / S.R. Laube: Book Proposals That Sell: 21 Secrets to speed your success. 2005 (Write Now Publications)


Robert Brewer: Writer's Market, 2009. Over 3,500 listings for book publishers, magazines and literary agents


Michael Larsen: How to Get a Literary Agent. 2006 (Sourcebooks)


Chuck Sambuchino: 2010 Guide to Literary Agents. 2009 (Writers Digest Books)


Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents 2010: Who They Are! What They Want! How to Win Them Over! 2009 (Sourcebooks)

The Criminal Mind


James Blair, Derek Robert Mitchell, Karina Peschardt: The Psychopath: Emotion And The Brain. 2005


Katherine Ramsland: The Criminal Mind: A Writer's Guide to Forensic Psychology. 2002 (Writer's Digest Books)


Robert K. Ressler: Whoever Fights Monsters: My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the FBI. 1993 (St. Martin's True Crime Library)


Stanton E. Samenow: Inside the Criminal Mind: Revised and Updated Edition. 2004 (Crown)

Forensic Science / Police Procedure


Lee Lofland: Police Procedure & Investigation: A Guide for Writers. 2007 (Writers Digest Books)



D.P. Lyle: Murder and Mayhem: A Doctor Answers Medical and Forensic Questions for Mystery Writers. 2003 (St. Martin's Minotaur)


Kind, Stuart / Overman, Michael:  Science Against Crime. Doubleday and Company, Inc., New York, (1972)


Douglas P. Lyle: Forensics for Dummies (2004)

Other Excellent Links


The Crime Museum: National Museum of Crime & Punishment


addictivebooks.com Amazon shop specialized in thrillers



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