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Ten best prolific crime authors

Updated: Sep 8

Hey guys! How you all doing? Hope you all are good and safe. So, here we came up with something interesting again. We discovered that many people cultivating the habit of reading books which is quite awesome. Unfortunately, sometimes it becomes hard to find a good book mostly the beginners will face this kind of problem. No worries anymore...You are in the right place, we are suggesting the top best and most famous prolific crime & thriller authors where you can pick any book of them. Interesting right? Why wait then?


James Brendan Patterson is an American author and philanthropist. He is well known for his thrillers, mysteries, young adult novels, and many more. His first published book, The Thomas Berryman Number, won an "Edgar Award", a top prize for mystery writers. Patterson holds the Guinness World Record for having the most books on the New York Times' best-seller list and also for selling more than 1 million e-books. Many of Patterson’s books have featured Detective Alex Cross. Popular Patterson series is a women's Murder Club, which was adapted into a short-lived TV show in 2007. In 2019, President Donald Trump awarded Patterson the National Humanities Medal. Patterson's narration always keeps the readers on the edge of their seats and the twists and turns keep reader page-turning. He received many honors and awards for his works and donated millions of his books.




Tana French is an American-Irish writer and theatrical actress. "In The Woods" is her first novel for which she got "Anthony", "Barry", "Edward", and other awards for the best first novel. She trained as a professional actress at Trinity College, Dublin, and has worked in theatre, film, and voiceover. Tana's works later works included "The Likeness", "Faithful Place", "Broken Harbour", "The Secret Place", and many more. She also received many awards for her later works.




Patricia Highsmith was an American novelist and short-story writer best known for her psychological thrillers, including her series of five novels featuring the character Tom Ripley. She published "Strangers on a Train" in 1950 which was then made into a movie.

 The novel "The Talented Mr. Ripley" won several awards for mystery writing. Her other works include "The Price of Salt", "The Animal-Lover’s Book of Beastly Murder" and short stories like "The Black House" and "Tales of Natural and Unnatural Catastrophes". She received many awards for her works which also include "Silver Dagger Award", Best Foreign Novel.





Gillian Schieber Flynn is an American writer who is known for her darkly entertaining tales of murder. Flynn’s 2006 debut novel, the literary mystery share Objects, was an Edgar Award finalist and the winner of two of Britain’s Dagger Awards—the first book ever to win multiple Daggers in one year. Flynn’s second novel, the 2009New York TimesbestsellerDark Places, was A New YorkerReviewers’ Favorite, and Chicago TribuneFavorite Fiction choice. Flynn’s third novel, Gone Girl, was an international sensation and a runaway hit that has spent more than one hundred weeks on theNew York Timesbestseller lists.

Gone Girl was named one of the best books of the year by people Magazineand Janet Maslin at theNew York Times. Nominated for both the Edgar Award and the Anthony Award for Best Novel. Her work has been published in forty-one languages.




John Ray Grisham Jr. is an American novelist, attorney, politician, and activist, best known for his popular legal thrillers. Grisham spent three years on his first novel "A Time to Kill" and got published in 1988 after many rejections from publishers. He then started immediately his second novel. When he sold the film rights the Firm to Paramount Pictures for $600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were bought by Doubleday. Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991.

He then wrote many other novels and all of them have become international bestsellers. His books have been translated into 42 languages and published worldwide. He won "A Galaxy British Book Awards" for selling 2 million copies on a first printing. He then received many prestigious awards for his works.




Stephen Edwin King is an American author of horror, fiction, crime, and fantasy novels. He is a 'New York Times'-bestselling novelist with books like 'Carrie,' 'The Shining' and 'IT'.His books have sold more than 350 million copies and much of his work has been adapted for film and TV. His later works included Salem's Lot, The Shining, Firestarter, Cujo, and ITFour early novels — Rage, The Long Walk, RoadworkandThe Running Man — was published under the moniker. 

In honor of his prolific output and success in his craft, King was among the recipients of the National Medal of Arts in 2015. In 2011, he published11/22/63, a novel involving time travel. He has also written approximately 200 short stories. He has been described as the "King of Horror". King has received many awards for his contributions to literature.




Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859, in Edinburgh, Scotland.  He was a British writer and medical doctor. The young medical student met several future authors including James Barrie and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Dr. Joseph Bell impressed and influenced Doyle. He created the character Sherlock Holmes in 1887 when he published "A Study in Scarlet", the first of four novels and more than 50 short stories about Holmes and Dr. Watson. His works include masterpieces like "The Hound of Baskervilles", "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes", "The Lost World", and many more. He received many honors and awards for most of his works.




Michael Connelly is an American author of detective and crime fiction novels. He decided to write while attending the University of Florida. Michael after graduating in 1980, worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Connelly is the best-selling author of 35 novels and one work of non-fiction. Over 74 million copies of his books sold worldwide and translated into 40 foreign languages.

His first novel, "The Black Echo", won the prestigious Mystery Writers of America "Edgar Award" for Best First Novel in 1992. "Blood Work" which was written by Connelly in 1998 was adapted in movies directed by Clint Eastwood. His novel "The Lincoln Lawyer" which was also adapted in movies hit theaters worldwide starring Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller.

His recent New York Times bestsellers include "Dark Sacred Night", "Two Kinds Of Truth", "The Late Show", "The Wrong Side Of Goodbye", "The Crossing", "The Burning Room", "The Gods of Guilt". Connelly was the President of the Mystery Writers of America from 2003 to 2004. He is one of the most successful writers today.




          James Dover Grant was a British author, primarily known by his pen name Lee Child. He was well known for his Jack ReacherSeries. He began to write novels after being fired from his job. His first novel was "Killing Floor", for which he won Anthony Award, and theBarry Award for Best First Novel. This book was an instinct hit for him in 1997 and also it is the first book to feature the character Jack Reacher.

He was also awarded the CBE in 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to Literature. He was elected president of the "Mystery Writers of America" in 2009. His novels have been translated into 40 languages and adapted into movies starring Cruise. Grant was an author with NO STYLE, he was always spontaneous and he liked it that way. He then handed over the writing duties to his younger brother, Andrew Grant, to be published under the pen name Andrew Child.




Agatha Christie, one of the best-selling authors in history, detective novelist, and playwright. Her works got sold more than 100 million copies and have been translated into many other languages. Christie's crime novels introduced the most recognizable characters in British literature, including Poirot and Miss Marple. Agatha wrote her first short story "The House of Dreams" in 1910 which was not published until 1926. Christie began writing detective fiction while working as a nurse during World War I.

Her first novel was "The Mysterious Affair at Styles"  and the second "The Secret Adversary" which was well received by the reviewers. Agatha was awarded a CBE in the 1956 New Year Honours list for her contribution to literature. Christie gone disappear in 1926 after she lost her mother and her husband left her for another woman. In 1928 she finished "The Mystery of the Blue Train" which was one of her famous novels.

She then continued her writings which included "Murder on the Orient Express", "Death on the Nile", "Appointment with Death", etc, and her final novel "Sleeping Murder". She always wrote nail-biting stories that make readers curious to know the end. She earned titles like "Queen of Crime" and "Queen of Mystery" for her twists and turns in the story and for her profound narration.


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