New York Times
Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
October 17, 2021
1. The Wish
Maggie Dawes, a renowned travel photographer, struggles with a medical diagnosis over Christmas.
2. Cloud Cuckoo Land
An interconnected cast of dreamers and outsiders are in dangerous and disparate settings past, present and future.
3. Apples Never Fall
The Delaney siblings suspect their father of causing the disappearance of their mother.
4. Harlem Shuffle
Ray Carney, a family man who sells furniture on 125th Street, gets a new clientele made up of vicious and unsavory characters.
5. The Last Graduate
The second book in the Scholomance series. Will students now in their senior year make it out alive?
6. The Jailhouse Lawyer
James Patterson and Nancy Allen
A young lawyer winds up in an Alabama jail that remains mysteriously crowded.
An astrobiologist and single father learns of a neurofeedback treatment that may improve his son's emotional control.
8. The Man Who Died Twice
The second book in the Thursday Murder Club series. A ruthless murderer is out to get four septuagenarian friends.
9. Billy Summers
A killer for hire who only takes out bad guys seeks redemption as he does one final job.
10. The Santa Suit
Mary Kay Andrews
A recently divorced woman searching the pockets of an old Santa suit finds a child's wish that her father return from war.
11. The Last Thing He Told Me
Hannah Hall discovers truths about her missing husband and bonds with his daughter from a previous relationship.
12. Beautiful World, Where Are You
A novelist, a warehouse worker, an editorial assistant, and a political adviser deal with changes.
13. Vince Flynn: Enemy at the Gates
Anthony Cook, an autocratic president, distrusts Mitch Rapp, who is working to uncover a traitor.
14. The Midnight Library
Nora Seed finds a library beyond the edge of the universe that contains books with multiple possibilities of the lives one could have lived.
15. A Slow Fire Burning
Three women come under scrutiny when a young man is found gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat..
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A version of this list appears in the October 17, 2021 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending October 2, 2021.
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