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13 Mystery and Thriller Books That Inspired Films

These books leapt from the page to the screen—and kept our hearts racing.

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Six Days of the Condor

Six Days of the Condor

By James Grady

The Thirty-Nine Steps

The Thirty-Nine Steps

By John Buchan

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  • Photo Credit: Still from "To Die For" (1995), via Columbia Pictures
To Die For

To Die For

By Joyce Maynard

The Mr. Moto Novels Volume One

The Mr. Moto Novels Volume One

By John P. Marquand

Dead Calm

Dead Calm

By Charles Williams

The Detective

The Detective

By Roderick Thorp

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  • Photo Credit: Still from "Don't Bother to Knock" (1952), via 20th Century Fox
Mischief

Mischief

By Charlotte Armstrong

Ride the Pink Horse

Ride the Pink Horse

By Dorothy B. Hughes

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The Maltese Falcon

By Dashiell Hammett

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  • Photo Credit: Still from "Gone Baby Gone" (2007), via Miramax
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Gone, Baby, Gone

By Dennis Lehane

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

By Stieg Larsson

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Gone Girl

By Gillian Flynn

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  • Photo Credit: Still from "The Big Sleep" (1946), via Warner Bros.
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The Big Sleep

By Raymond Chandler