New York Times
Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
August 9, 2020
1. 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.
2. Near Dark
The 19th book in the Scot Harvath series. With a bounty on his head, Harvath makes an alliance with a Norwegian intelligence operative.
3. The Order
The 20th book in the Gabriel Allon series. The art restorer and spy cuts his family's vacation short to investigate whether Pope Paul VII was murdered.
4. 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.
5. 28 Summers
A relationship that started in 1993 between Mallory Blessing and Jake McCloud comes to light while she is on her deathbed and his wife runs for president.
6. The Guest List
A wedding between a TV star and a magazine publisher on an island off the coast of Ireland turns deadly.
7. Axiom's End
Cora Sabino finds herself caught between her estranged whistle-blower father and the extraterrestrials who have been living here for decades.
8. Camino Winds
The line between fact and fiction becomes blurred when an author of thrillers is found dead after a hurricane hits Camino Island.
9. Peace Talks: A Novel of the Dresden Files
The 16th book in the Dresden Files series. Chicago's only professional wizard tries to keep the peace during a summit of the Supernatural nations of the world.
10. American dirt
A bookseller flees Mexico for the United States with her son while pursued by the head of a drug cartel.
11. Sex and Vanity
A nod to
A Room With a View
in which Lucie Tang Churchill is torn between her WASPy billionaire fiancé and a privileged hunk born in Hong Kong.
12. A Walk Along the Beach
After dealing with loss and setbacks, two sisters take risks on dreams and love.
13. If It Bleeds
Mr. Harrigan's Phone
The Life of Chuck
If It Bleeds
14. The Pull of the Stars
While war and the Great Flu ravages 1918 Dublin, three women help expectant mothers who have been quarantined in a hospital.
15. Big Summer
Daphne Berg's former best friend asks her to be the maid of honor at her wedding in Cape Cod.
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A version of this list appears in the August 9, 2020 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending July 25, 2020.
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