New York Times
Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
September 27, 2020
1. Anxious People
A failed bank robber holds a group of strangers hostage at an apartment open house.
2. Shadows in Death
J. D. Robb
The 51st book of the In Death series. A hitman with possible connections to Eve Dallas's husband is seen near the scene of a crime.
3. One by One
An avalanche tests the bonds of coworkers from a London-based tech startup on a corporate retreat in the French Alps.
4. All the Devils Are Here
The 16th book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series. When his billionaire godfather is attacked, Gamache uncovers secrets hidden throughout Paris.
5. 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.
6. Transcendent Kingdom
A Ph.D. candidate in neuroscience looks to the hard sciences and her childhood faith to potentially help her grieving Ghanaian immigrant family.
7. The Harbinger II: The Return
Nouriel, Ana Goren and a figure known as "the prophet" return as revelations are unlocked.
8. 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.
9. The Lying Life of Adults
In this coming-of-age story, Giovanna seeks her true reflection in two kindred cities.
10. Squeeze Me
A dead dowager, hungry pythons and occupants of the winter White House shake up the Palm Beach charity ball season.
11. Thick As Thieves
Arden Maxwell returns home to uncover the truth about her father's involvement in a heist that went wrong 20 years ago.
12. The Guest List
A wedding between a TV star and a magazine publisher on an island off the coast of Ireland turns deadly.
13. American Dirt
A bookseller flees Mexico for the United States with her son while pursued by the head of a drug cartel.
14. The Darkest Evening
The ninth book in the Vera Stanhope series. An abandoned toddler, a dead woman and a blizzard complicate the holidays in the Northumberland countryside.
In 1943, the 17-year-old Princess Charlotte assumes a new identity in the country and falls in love.
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A version of this list appears in the September 27, 2020 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending September 12, 2020.
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