Crime Fiction Genre – What’s the best definition for the crime fiction genre? Crime fiction involves a crime in some way: a crime being committed, or having been committed. A crime story can also be about a criminal’s life. Often crime fiction crosses over or meshes with the suspense, thriller, detective, mystery, action, and/or adventure genres.

There are four common plots in crime fiction: whodunit, murder mystery, hardboiled, and gangster.

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crime fiction genre book coverCrime Fiction Genre – Examples

Review this list of popular examples to help you get a better understanding of the crime fiction genre.

1. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

2. All That Remains by Patricia Cornwell

3. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

4. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

5. Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell

6. In the Woods by Tana French

7. Killing Floor by Lee Child

8. Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin

9. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

10. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

11. Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

12. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

13. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

14. The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

15. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

16. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

17. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

18. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

19. The Godfather by Mario Puzo

20. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

21. The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

22. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

23. The Redbreast by Jo Nesbø

24. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

25. The Snowman by Jo Nesbø

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Crime Fiction Genre – Related Book Genres

* Detective Fiction Genre Definition

* Gangster Genre

* Hardboiled Crime Fiction Genre

* Murder Mystery Genre

* Mystery Genre Definition

* Whodunit Definition

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