New York Times
Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
October 6, 2019
1. The Institute
Children with special talents are abducted and sequestered in an institution where the sinister staff seeks to extract their gifts through harsh methods.
2. The Testaments
In a sequel to
The Handmaid's Tale,
old secrets bring three women together as the Republic of Gilead's theocratic regime shows signs of decay.
3. Where the Crawdads Sing
A woman who survived alone in the marsh becomes a murder suspect.
4. Land of Wolves
The 15th book in the Longmire series. Back from Mexico, Sheriff Longmire must deal with a wolf and a killer on the loose.
5. The Girl Who Lived Twice
Mikael Blomkvist helps Lisbeth Salander put her past behind her in the latest installment of Stieg Larsson's Millennium series.
6. The Oracle: The Jubilean Mysteries Unveiled
A traveler discovers mysteries hidden behind seven locked doors.
7. Killer Instinct
James Patterson and Howard Roughan
The second book in the Instinct series. When an act of terror strikes New York, Dr. Reinhart and Detective Needham go after a sociopath.
8. Red at the Bone
The long-lasting decisions young people make are explored through the history of a Brooklyn teenager's family.
9. The Titanic Secret: An Isaac Bell Adventure
Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul
The 11th book in the Isaac Bell series. Dirk Pitt finds a document that brings a mystery from 1911 back to life.
10. A Better Man
The 15th book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series. The search for a missing girl is imperiled by rising floodwaters across the province.
11. The Nickel Boys
Two boys respond to horrors at a Jim Crow-era reform school in ways that impact them decades later.
12. The Secrets We Kept
During the Cold War, members of the C.I.A.'s typing pool aid its mission to smuggle the banned book
behind the Iron Curtain.
13. Vendetta in Death
The 49th book of the In Death series. Eve Dallas looks into the misdeeds of a wealthy businessman while a vigilante named Lady Justice uses disguises to avenge women who were wronged.
14. This Tender Land
William Kent Krueger
Four orphans escape a Minnesota school and encounter a cross-section of different people struggling during the Great Depression.
15. A Little Hatred
The Age of Madness series opens with a war erupting during a time of change.
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A version of this list appears in the October 6, 2019 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending September 21, 2019.
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