New York Times
Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
December 23, 2018
1. The Reckoning
A decorated World War II veteran shoots and kills a pastor inside a Mississippi church.
2. Of Blood and Bone
While the people of New Hope face threats, Fallon Swift goes on three quests to discover her powers.
3. Fire & Blood
George R. R. Martin
Set 300 years before the events of "A Game of Thrones," this is the first volume of the two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.
4. Every Breath
Difficult choices surface when Hope Anderson and Tru Walls meet in a North Carolina seaside town.
5. Target: Alex Cross
Alex Cross returns for the 26th book in the series bearing his name.
6. Past Tense
Jack Reacher explores the New England town where his father was born.
7. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven
The sequel to "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" follows Annie on her heavenly journey.
8. Long Road to Mercy
Atlee Pine, an F.B.I. agent who is haunted by the childhood kidnapping of her twin sister, must choose between protecting her career or the United States' democracy.
9. Kingdom of the Blind
While on suspension, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is made an executor of a stranger's will and tries to keep a deadly narcotic off Montreal's streets.
10. Nine Perfect Strangers
A romance writer becomes fascinated by the owner and director of a health resort.
11. Where the Crawdads Sing
A woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.
12. Look Alive Twenty-Five
The 25th book in the Stephanie Plum series. When several managers of a deli in Trenton disappear, a bounty hunter and her detective boyfriend look for clues.
A man who is losing weight without getting thinner forms an unlikely alliance with his neighbors who are dealing with prejudices.
14. Tom Clancy: Oath of Office
President Jack Ryan must contain the fallout of a flu epidemic, an undermining senator and two hijacked Russian nuclear missiles.
15. Dark Sacred Night
Detective Renée Ballard teams up with the retired detective Harry Bosch, who is working on a cold case.
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A version of this list appears in the December 23, 2018 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending December 8, 2018.