New York Times
Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
August 30, 2020
1. 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.
2. The Vanishing Half
The lives of twin sisters who run away from a Southern Black community at age 16 diverge as one returns and the other takes on a different racial identity but their fates intertwine.
3. A Private Cathedral
James Lee Burke
The 23rd book in the Dave Robicheaux series. Rival Louisiana crime families and a time-traveling superhuman assassin bring up Robicheaux's personal demons.
4. 1st Case
James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
After getting kicked out of M.I.T., Angela Hoot interns with the F.B.I. and tracks the murderous siblings known as the Poet and the Engineer.
5. The Order
The 20th book in the Gabriel Allon series. The art restorer and spy cuts his family's vacation short to investigate whether Pope Paul VII was murdered.
6. Choppy Water
The 54th book in the Stone Barrington series. Things get rough for Stone as he goes after criminals in New York City and Key West.
7. 28 Summers
A relationship that started in 1993 between Mallory Blessing and Jake McCloud comes to light while she is on her deathbed and his wife runs for president.
8. The Guest List
A wedding between a TV star and a magazine publisher on an island off the coast of Ireland turns deadly.
9. Near Dark
The 19th book in the Scot Harvath series. With a bounty on his head, Harvath makes an alliance with a Norwegian intelligence operative.
10. American Dirt
A bookseller flees Mexico for the United States with her son while pursued by the head of a drug cartel.
11. Mexican Gothic
In 1950s Mexico, a debutante travels to a distant mansion where family secrets of a faded mining empire have been kept hidden.
12. Camino Winds
The line between fact and fiction becomes blurred when an author of thrillers is found dead after a hurricane hits Camino Island.
13. The Silent Patient
Theo Faber looks into the mystery of a famous painter who stops speaking after shooting her husband.
14. If It Bleeds
Mr. Harrigan's Phone
The Life of Chuck
If It Bleed
A young Brooklyn artist is invited to live with a New Jersey couple who have an open marriage and an adopted daughter.
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A version of this list appears in the August 30, 2020 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending August 15, 2020.
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