Author Tom Clancy was shot into the literary spotlight when his first novel was touted by US President Reagan--and his military thrillers have found a home on the bestseller lists ever since.
The queen of suspense, Mary Higgins Clark launched onto the bestseller lists with her first thriller and has stayed on the top for decades.
From Dick Tracy comics to historical thrillers, Max Allan Collins is a staple in mystery fiction.
Michael Connelly is a Pulitzer Prize nominated crime reporter turned Edgar Award winning and bestselling crime fiction author.
Patricia Cornwell's Dr. Kay Scarpetta series captivates its audience by providing frighteningly realistic forensic science investigation.
Following up his successful career writing for television crime shows, Robert Crais created his Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series to explore themes he couldn't take on in the television realm.
Janet Evanovich's series featuring unlikely bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has earned her awards, a permanent spot on the bestseller lists and crazed fans from around the world.
Linda Fairstein turned her legal career as Chief of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit for the NY DA's office into a bestselling series featuring ADA Alex Cooper.
Elizabeth George's suspenseful novels have earned her numerous awards and a league of loyal readers.
Sue Grafton is one of the best known writers of the female private eye novel.
With bestselling novels (The Firm, The Pelican Brief) turned into blockbuster movies, John Grisham changed the stuffed-shirt image of attorneys into thrilling hot-shots.
Carl Hiaasen shows the darker side of the Florida coast with wry humor in his bestselling mysteries.
Bestselling and award-winning author Tony Hillerman brings to life the Southwest and the Navajo culture in his mystery series featuring Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn.
Dennis Lehane's dark suspense novels have brought him awards and critical acclaim.
Elmore Leonard's novels and screenplays are best known for their gritty realism.
The investigations of Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan character have earned her awards and critical acclaim.
Val McDermid's award-winning crime fiction has made her a true staple amongst mystery readers.
Walter Mosley is the bestselling and award-winning author best known for his Easy Rawlings series.
Sara Paretsky's mystery series featuring VI Warshawski is a classic in the private investigator subgenre.
Best known for his Spenser PI series, Robert B. Parker has been compared to Hammett, Chandler and Macdonald.
Elizabeth Peters is the pseudonym used by author Barbara Mertz when writing her mysteries featuring archeologist and amateur detective Amelia Peabody.
Prolific in his writing for print, television and movies, Mickey Spillane is best known for his Mike Hammer character.