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Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
February 23, 2020
1. American Dirt
A bookseller flees Mexico for the United States with her son while pursued by the head of a drug cartel.
2. Golden in Death
J. D. Robb
The 50th book of the In Death series. Eve Dallas seeks the sender of packages that give off toxic airborne fumes.
3. Crooked River
Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
The 19th book in the Agent Pendergast series. Human feet inside nondescript shoes wash ashore in Florida.
4. Where the Crawdads Sing
In a quiet town on the North Carolina coast in 1969, a young woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.
5. The Museum of Desire
The 35th book in the Alex Delaware series. Four unrelated victims are found slaughtered in a limousine.
6. Such a Fun Age
Tumult ensues when Alix Chamberlain's babysitter is mistakenly accused of kidnapping her charge.
7. The Silent Patient
Theo Faber looks into the mystery of a famous painter who stops speaking after shooting her husband.
James Patterson and James O. Born
The new head of an F.B.I. task force takes on a crime syndicate run by a pair of Russian nationals.
9.The Dutch House
A sibling relationship is impacted when the family goes from poverty to wealth and back again over the course of many decades.
10. The Girl With the Louding Voice
A 14-year-old Nigerian girl, who is sold as a wife then as a servant, resolves to speak for herself and others.
11. Dear Edward
A 12-year-old boy tries to start over after becoming the sole survivor of a plane crash in which he lost his immediate family.
12. The Guardians
Cullen Post, a lawyer and Episcopal minister, antagonizes some ruthless killers when he takes on a wrongful conviction case.
13. The Giver of Stars
In Depression-era Kentucky, five women refuse to be cowed by men or convention as they deliver books.
14. A Long Petal of the Sea
A young pregnant widow and an Army doctor take a ship to Chile to escape the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War.
15. When You See Me
D.D. Warren and Flora Dane join the F.B.I. Agent Kimberly Quincy's taskforce.
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A version of this list appears in the February 23, 2020 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending February 8, 2020.
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