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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Organized Crime, Mafia and Gangsters: Crime Fiction

Guide for Library Research on Crime, Mafia, and Gangsters; Now Including Crime Fiction

Crime Fiction Books and Links

Crime Fiction Books and Links

If you are interested in finding books or links relating to Crime Fiction, take a look at the resources below! On this page you will find a listing of materials such as anthologies, novels, scholarship, and reference relating to Crime Fiction.

Crime Fiction Subject Search

When searching in Onesearch, put the following search terms in the "Subject begins with..." field.  These terms also work as key words in the "All Fields" search. 

Crime Fiction
Detective and Mystery Stories, American - History and Criticism

Detective and Mystery Stories, American Detective and Mystery Stories, English
Private Investigators - California - Los Angeles - Fiction
Private Investigators - England - Fiction

The Story of Crime Fiction

Raymond Chandler Library of America

Crime Ficiton Scholarship

Crime Fiction Awards

Dime Detective 1949

Dime Detective 1949 (Link)

Crime Fiction Anthologies

Crime Fiction Reference

Crime Fiction Subgenres

Crime Fiction Subgenres

Detective Fiction Weekly 1940 (Link)

Not sure where to start?  Below is a list of the types of popular crime fiction currently being written and published.

Notable Crime Writers and Titles

Detective Mystery Novel 1948


Detective Mystery Novel 1948 (Link)

Not sure who to read or research?  Check out these lists of notable crime fiction writers. You can then search their names in the CUNY+ catalog:  All Fields, Author (last name first) or, for literary criticism on an author, as a Subject.  If nothing turns up in CUNY+, you are likely to find literary criticism on an author in one of the literary databases listed in the center column of this page.

Check out other pages of this guide for even more title/author information and links.

  1. 50 Crime Writers to Read Before You Die
  2. Crime Fiction Awards Lists

Popular Crime Novels

The Maltese Falcon

The ABC Murders


G-Men Detectives 1947

G-Men Detectives 1947 (Link)


Crime Fiction Blogs

Detective Novel 1947

Detective Novel 1947 (Link)

Continually updated, blogs are good way to keep up with what's current in crime fiction.  Here are just a few:

Cool Crime Sites

Detective Mystery Novel 1948

Detective Mystery Novel 1948 (Link)