10 best-paid American mystery writers

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2. Dan Brown, $400 million

Dan Brown's 2003 blockbuster "The Da Vinci Code" ranks among the biggest literary blockbusters of all time. Brown's books – most often stories of symbols, codes, and conspiracy theories, woven into plots involving desperate 24-hour searches – are estimated to have sold over 80 million copies.

5 arresting true crime books

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