Skip to main content
Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Crime Fiction: Home

Guide for Library Research on Crime Fiction


Welcome to the fascinating world of crime fiction!  As criminal justice students, crime fiction can give you into an insight into how writers vividly represent and take license with your fields of study in narrative form. This diverse genre includes the cozy mysteries of Agatha Christie and the classic detective fiction of Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as the hard boiled narratives of  Sue Grafton, Walter Mosley, and Jim Thompson.  Along the way, you might step over  bodies in the police procedural novels of Ed McBain,  and explore what it's like to be a female detective in a traditionally male genre  in the feminist crime fiction of P.D. James and  Ruth Rendell.

The Lloyd Sealy Library here at John Jay does not have a vast popular or leisure reading section, but we do have some notable crime novels you can check out of the library.  We also have reference books and literary criticism that provide lots of information on this popular genre. This guide will connect you with the resources our library does have, along with the vast amount of crime fiction resources that exist on the web. 

Original Subject Guide Creator

Creation of Adam by Michaelangelo (Sistine Chapel)

This guide was originally created by Julie Turley.

Current Editor:
Mark Zubarev

Reference Librarian

Mark Zubarev

Contact Info
Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
899 10th Ave
New York, New York 10019

Reference and Instruction, Information Literacy, Graphic Novels, History, Literature

(LINK) Fire Science Exhibit, Graphic Novels Exhibit, Crime Fiction Exhibit, Poetry Exhibit, World War One Exhibit, Shakespeare Exhibit


Welcome to the Lloyd Sealy Library

Welcome to The Lloyd Sealy Library! It is a welcoming place for research, study, and reading. If you are interested in finding out more about the library and available resources, please take a look at our homepage! Click HERE



Advanced searchAbout OneSearch

Search CUNY+

CUNY+ is the online catalog of the City University Libraries. It is the entry point to both print and online (e-books) books as well as other materials in the John Jay Lloyd Sealy Library collection as well as in the the collections of all other CUNY libraries.

Use the search box below for a quick keyword search of the John Jay Library collection, or click on the "Search CUNY+" link for a known author or title search.


Crime Fiction Exhibit

In April 2013 the Library put together an exhibit focusing on Crime Fiction. Click here and here to take a look at some photos!

Follow Us on Twitter!

If you need a dose of Library information but don't have the time? Check us out on Twitter!

Facebook Us!

Look up Lloyd Sealy Library on Facebook! 

Thrill to our latest exploits! 

Learn about what we have available for all our patrons!

Fin Us on Facebook

Crime in NYC Subject Guide

New York City crime scene, 1914-1918 (New York City Municipal Archives) Link

The Lloyd Sealy Library has a subject guide on Crime in New York 1850-1950. Click HERE to take a look!

Gangsters Subject Guide

The Lloyd Sealy Library has a subject guide on Gangsters. Click HERE to take a look!