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The Best Crime Novel Covers Ever

You're not meant to judge a book by its cover, but that rule goes out the window with crime novels. Frequently the cover is the best part. It started with the pulp novels, which would put a lurid image with lots of cleavage and knives and looming death on the front in order to sell a cheap story. It worked. So much that the style has now been appropriated by 'proper' books. But not all crime novels have pulp covers. Some are modern and minimal, some solely text-based, but any good example needs a sense of intrigue and excitement.

Here's a gallery of some of the most spectacular covers in crime fiction, from the beautifully tacky to the just plain beautiful.

  • The Best Crime Novel Covers Ever

    Blood On The Moon

    Author: James Ellroy

    Year: 2005

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    Halloween Party

    Author: Agatha Christie

    Year: 1969

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    Joyland

    Author: Stephen King

    Year: 2013

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    Mr. Peanut

    Author: Adam Ross

    Year: 2010

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    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Author: John Le Carre

    Year: 1974

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    The Death Wish

    Author: Elisabeth Sanxay Holding

    Year: 1949

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    The Hound of the Baskervilles

    Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

    Year: 1902

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    No Country For Old Men

    Author: Cormac McCarthy

    Year: 2005

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    Strangers On A Train

    Author: Patricia Highsmith

    Year: 1950

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    The Mystic Art of Erasing All Signs of Death

    Author: Charlie Huston

    Year: 2009

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    The Hollow Man

    Author: John Dickson Carr

    Year: 1935

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    Farewell, My Lovely

    Author: Raymond Chandler

    Year: 1940

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    The Big Sleep

    Author: Raymond Chandler

    Year: 1939

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    Red Harvest

    Author: Dashiell Hammett

    Year: 1929

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    The Prisoner of Guantanamo

    Author: Dan Fesperman

    Year: 2006

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    Crime

    Author: Alix Lambert

    Year: 2008

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    The Twenty-Year Death

    Author: Ariel S. Winter

    Year: 2013

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    Zoo City

    Author: Lauren Beukes

    Year: 2011

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    The King of Methlehem

    Author: Mark Lindquist

    Year: 2008

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    In Cold Blood

    Author: Truman Capote

    Year: 1966

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    T As In Trapped

    Author: Lawrence Treat

    Year: 1947

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    Villain

    Author: Shuichi Yoshida

    Year: 2011

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    Case of the Deadly Kiss

    Author: Milton K. Ozaki

    Year: 1957

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    Sharp Objects

    Author: Gillian Flynn

    Year: 2007

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    Never Say No To A Killer

    Author: Jonathan Gant

    Year: 1956

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    The Murder

    Author: John Steinbeck

    Year: 1934

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    The Poisoned Chocolates Case

    Author: Anthony Berkeley

    Year: 1929

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    Pscyho

    Author: Robert Bloch

    Year: 1959

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    American Psycho

    Author: Bret Easton Ellis

    Year: 1991

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    The Case of the Haunted Husband

    Author: Erle Stanley Gardner

    Year: 1941

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    Sunset and Sawdust

    Author: Joe R. Lansdale

    Year: 2005

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    Brighton Rock

    Author: Graham Greene

    Year: 1938

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    The D.A. Calls It Murder

    Author: Erle Stanley Gardner

    Year: 1937

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    Child 44

    Author: Tom Rob Smith

    Year: 2008

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    The Thin Man

    Author: Dashiell Hammett

    Year: 1934