Nothing keeps you flipping pages into the wee hours of the morning like a good mystery fiction book. Whether you’re searching for a soft detective tale, a cozy crime novel, historical crime fiction, or heart-pounding true-life cases, we have listed down the best crime thriller books you can find in the market that will make you scratch your head.
1. Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead, by Sara Gran
At least according to what she calls herself, Claire DeWitt is the best private eye in the world. She was a Brooklyn-based young detective formerly and a student of the French occult investigator Jacques Silette, whose enigmatic Detection book served as the inspiration for Claire’s peculiar methods. Claire also has strong ties to New Orleans, where she learned from brilliant Constance Darling, Silette’s former student until Darling was killed. She travels to the hurricane-damaged city to investigate the disappearance of a respected district attorney. Dive into to experience all the adventures of Claire.
2. Meth Murder & Amazon, by G.S. Gerry
It comes from G.S Gerry, a brilliant creator, and award-winning novelist. Meth Murder & Amazon, the author’s critically praised first, is released. A young family’s plan to sell their first house and the estate hell storm that surrounds them is the subject of an amazingly creative true story. What comes next is a hilarious and frightening rollercoaster trip filled with insanity, betrayal, and deception that won’t let you take your eyes off it. A captivating, riveting book that will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time.
3. The Thief, by Fuminori Nakamura
In this brooding noir, a small-time criminal makes the mistake of warming up to a young woman and her son, only to learn the hard way that maintaining relationships with people can be nearly impossible in his line of work. This novel is a perfect example of Nakamura’s creepy atmosphere and minimalist style; thus, it makes sense that it helped popularize his writing in the US. The Thief is a fantastic example of the rebirth of midcentury minimalism that has contributed to defining the decade’s fashion.
4. Dare Me, by Megan Abbott
Although choosing the Megan Abbott novel of the decade is like choosing the best crime novels of the same period, it feels like Dare Me, Abbott’s soon-to-be-televised noir homage to the perilous world of cheering, is the most famous. Dare Me is the work that showed Abbott could be just as nimble and hard-boiled while writing about modern youth. Abbott first gained notoriety for her carefully depicted historical noirs. Abbott drew inspiration for the book from Full Metal Jacket, making it the most challenging cheerleader book to date.
5. And When She Was Good, by Laura Lippman
The narrative focuses on the fragmented life of a suburbia mother who works as a lobbyist and owns an elite paid escort service. Her life is upended by the passing of another woman in a similar position, and a persistently compelling storyline involving murder, crooked businesspeople, and corrupt individuals from all areas of life is set into motion. Another narrative with profound truths about aging, handling traumas, sex, identity, and making peace with past and present sins runs beneath that compulsive storyline. The author has compiled these things in a way that you can never imagine. Reading this book will give you a true experience of a masterclass crime thriller novel.