Mystery fiction has become a very popular literary genre in recent years. American writers have been at the top of the pecking order of great mystery writers whose works have been hugely acknowledged by critics and fans alike.

In this article, we have carefully compiled a well-researched list of some of America’s most famous mystery writers. If you are a fan of mystery novels, chances are you will find your favourite writer in the list.

Read on!

  1. John Grisham

John Grisham is an American novelist, attorney, politician, activist best known for his thriller. He was born in February 8, 1955. He graduated from Mississippi State University and got a J.D. degree from the University of Mississippi Law School.

He has written several novels, the first of which was A Time to Kill, written in June, 1989. By 2012, his books had sold over 275 million copies globally. Grisham’s first best seller, The Firm, sold more than 7 million copies, and was adapted into a film which featured star actor, Tom Cruise. Eight of his other works have also been adapted in films. His most recent novel is Theodore Boone: The Accomplice (2019).

Grisham was won several awards both within and outside the writing world. He is a Galaxy British Book Awards winner.

He is widely acknowledged as one of the top earning writers in the world with an estimated net worth of 600 million USD.


  1. Dan Brown

Daniel Brown is an American writer best known for his thriller novels. His literary genres also include mystery, adventure and conspiracy. He was born in June, 22, 1964.

Some of his best works are Digital Fortress, Deception Point, Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, Origin, Inferno, among others.

His films have also been adapted into films like Angels & Demons (2000), The Da Vinci Code (2003), and Inferno (2013).

Daniel Brown’s net worth is around 400 million USD.

  1. Patricia Cornwell

Patricia Cornwell is a popular American thriller writer whose main genre is crime fiction. She was born on June 9, 1956. She is best known for a best-selling series of novels, which feature Dr Kay Scarpetta as the heroine. More than 100 million copies of her novels have been sold worldwide. Some of her best series include the Scarpetta series, Andy Brazil/Judy Hammer series, Leslie Sachs series, among numerous others.

She has also won several awards like ECPA Gold Medallion Book Award; Edgar Award, John Creasey Memorial Award, Anthony Award, and Macavity Award in the same year; British Book Awards, Gold Dagger, RBA Prize for Crime Writing, among others.

Her net worth is an estimated 300 million USD.

  1. Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly is an American writer of detective and crime novels, born on July, 21, 1956. He has 31 bestselling novels and one non-fiction to his name and has sold more than 60 million copies of his books.

His first ever novel, The Black Echo, was an instant success, winning the prestigious Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best First Novel in 1992.

Michael Connelly’s books have been featured in such films as Blood Work and The Lincoln Lawyer. He has also raked up several awards for writers.

From 2003 to 2004, Connelly was the President of the Mystery Writers of America.

His net worth is at an estimated 250 million USD.

  1. Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton is an American writer, film director and producer. His literary genre focuses on thriller, science fiction and medical fiction.

Over 200 million copies of his books have been sold globally and several have been used in movies. Some of his popular books include, Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain, The Great Train Robbery, Congo, Disclosure, The Lost World, Prey, State of Fear, among others. He also wrote and directed the following films, Westworld, Coma, The Great Train Robbery, Looker, and Runaway.

He has several awards to his credit, the most notable being Edgar Award in 1969.

Michael Crichton died on November 4, 2008, at the age of 66.

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