8 Award-Winning Mystery and Thriller Novels

The cream of the compelling, unputdownable crop.

award winning mystery and thrillers

Winner: Pulitzer Prize for Fiction – 1943


Dragon's Teeth

By Upton Sinclair

Winner: National Book Award for Best First Novel – 1981


Sister Wolf

By Ann Arensberg

Winner: Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel — 1989


A Cold Red Sunrise

By Stuart M. Kaminsky

Winner: Edgar Award for Best Novel — 1959


The Eighth Circle

By Stanley Ellin

Winner: Dilys Award — 2002

mystery and thriller

Mystic River

By Dennis Lehane

Winner: Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller (2011) and International Thriller Writers Award for Best Hard Cover Novel (2012)

mystery and thriller


By Stephen King

Winner: Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original — 2008

mystery and thriller


By Megan Abbott

Winner: Pulitzer Prize for Fiction — 2014

mystery and thriller

The Goldfinch

By Donna Tartt