New York Times
Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
December 5, 2021
1. The Judge's List
The second book in the Whistler series. Investigator Lacy Stoltz goes after a serial killer and closes in on a sitting judge.
The fourth book in the Atlee Pine series. Atlee discovers her twin sister survived an abduction at the age of 6.
3. The Stranger in the Lifeboat
After a ship explodes, 10 people struggling to survive pull a man who claims to be the Lord out of the sea.
4. The Wish
Maggie Dawes, a renowned travel photographer, struggles with a medical diagnosis over Christmas.
5. The Lincoln Highway
Two friends who escaped from a juvenile work farm take Emmett Watson on an unexpected journey to New York City in 1954.
6. The Dark Hours
A death on New Year's Eve, an unsolved murder and a hunt for serial rapists bring Bosch and Ballard back together.
7. Better Off Dead
Lee Child and Andrew Child
The 26th book in the Jack Reacher series. Reacher helps an F.B.I. agent look for her missing brother and takes on a foe named Dendoncker.
8. Game On: Tempting Twenty-Eight
The 28th book in the Stephanie Plum series. Diesel and Stephanie track the international computer hacker Oswald Wednesday
9. The Devil's Sea
Dirk Pitt's latest adventure involves a missing Buddhist artifact, a failed hypersonic missle and a hijacked ship.
10. Cloud Cuckoo Land
An interconnected cast of dreamers and outsiders are in dangerous and disparate settings past, present and future.
Tensions escalate around the globe as President Pauline Green works to prevent a world war.
12. Billy Summers
A killer for hire who only takes out bad guys seeks redemption as he does one final job.
13. Tom Clancy: Chain of Command
The 21st book in the Jack Ryan series. A shadowy billionaire plans to kidnap the first lady to get President Jack Ryan out of his way. .
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. The Last Thing He Told Me
Hannah Hall discovers truths about her missing husband and bonds with his daughter from a previous relationship.
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A version of this list appears in the December 5, 2021 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending November 20, 2021.
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