The Best Villains in Classic Crime Books

The best of the baddies. 

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Charles Augustus Milverton

Charles Augustus Milverton
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  • Milverton in a 1904 illustration.

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The Return of Sherlock Holmes

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

By Arthur Conan Doyle

Hercule Flambeau

Hercule Flambeau
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  • Flambeau in the Father Brown TV series.

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The Wisdom of Father Brown

The Wisdom of Father Brown

By G. K. Chesterton

Caspar Gutman

Caspar Gutman
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  • Gutman in the 1941 movie adaptation.

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The Maltese Falcon

By Dashiell Hammett

Arnold Zeck

And Be a Villain by Rex Stout

And Be a Villain

By Rex Stout

Neville Strange

Neville Strange
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  • Strange in Agatha Christie's Marple.

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Towards Zero by Agatha Christie

Towards Zero

By Agatha Christie

Charles Anthony Bruno

Charles Anthony Bruno
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  • Bruno in the 1951 movie adaptation.

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Strangers on a Train

By Patricia Highsmith

Jeremy Hawker

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The Tiger in the Smoke

By Margery Allingham

The Deaf Man

The Heckler by Ed McBain

The Heckler

By Ed McBain