New York Times
Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
September 12, 2021
1. The Madness of Crowds
The 17th book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series. Gamache is tasked with providing security for a statistics professor whose views are repulsive to him.
2. Billy Summers
A killer for hire who only takes out bad guys seeks redemption as he does one final job.
3. The Last Thing He Told Me
Hannah Hall discovers truths about her missing husband and bonds with his daughter from a previous relationship.
4. The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
Ailey Pearl Garfield endeavors to embrace her full heritage by digging into the stories of her ancestors who were Indigenous, Black and white.
5. Lightning Strike
William Kent Krueger
The 18th book in the Cork O’Connor mystery series. The 12-year-old son of a small town sheriff who rules a man's death as a suicide suspects another cause.
6. 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.
7. The Noise
James Patterson and J.D. Barker
A strange vibration rises out of a forest near Mount Hood.
On a September night, guests at the reopening of an exclusive Paris hotel experience love, tragedy and political intrigue.
9. The Paper Palace
Miranda Cowley Heller
After an extramarital dalliance, Elle must choose between her husband and her childhood love.
Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
The 20th book in the Pendergast series. Bodies found without blood in their veins might be connected to an unsolved skyjacking.
11. Malibu Rising
Taylor Jenkins Reid
An epic party has serious outcomes for four famous siblings.
12. The President's Daughter
Bill Clinton and James Patterson
Matthew Keating, a past president and former Navy SEAL, goes on his own to find his abducted teenage daughter.
13. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
A Faustian bargain comes with a curse that affects the adventure Addie LaRue has across centuries.
14. We Were Never Here
Will the secrets Emily shares with Kristen about violent incidents in the past ruin her life?
15. Project Hail Mary
Ryland Grace awakens from a long sleep alone and far from home, and the fate of humanity rests on his shoulders.
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A version of this list appears in the September 12, 2021 issue of The New York Times Book Review. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending August 28, 2021.
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