NYT Fiction Bestsellers, 4/12

Algonquin’s effort to expand the readership for  Mudbound, recently available in trade paperback, appears to be working (indeed, the publisher says they are nearly out of the 30,000 initial print run); it hits the NYT paperback list at #32. It’s been on the Indie list for 3 weeks, reaching a high of #16 on the most this week. In hardcover, the book was on the Indie list for ten weeks, reaching a high of #20, but didn’t cross over to the NYT list.

Bookseller Boswell Books (Milwaukee, WI — a new bookstore, taking over one of the old Harry W. Schwartz stores; the new owner is Schwartz’s former general manager) presents an interesting rundown on how Algonquin is marketing the paperback, and also offers insight into how much more contact booksellers have with publishers than librarians do.

Mudbound
Hillary Jordan
Price: $13.95
Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books – (2009-03-17)
ISBN-10: 1565126777
ISBN-13: 9781565126770

 

New to the NYT Fiction Hardcover Best Seller List

#1 True Detectives, Jonathan Kellerman

True Detectives
Jonathan Kellerman
Price: $27.00
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books – (2009-03-24)
ISBN-10: 0345495144
ISBN-13: 9780345495143

Kellerman makes small departure, moving the Delaware/Sturgis investigative team to the sidelines, and focusing on a new team, stepbrothers who made a brief appearance in last year’s Bones. Prepub reaction varied widely. PW dismissed it as “routine,” while Booklist found it refreshing to see “Kellerman step outside of the all-too-familiar he relies on in the Delaware novels and introduce a couple of characters that have the potential to take his work in fresh directions.” LJ object to the writing “…usually neat and not overly burdened by extraneous detail, [it] fails to move the story along, as is the case with the unsympathetic characters. The conclusion is too easily wrapped up as well. Public libraries should see demand for this best-selling author, but readers who are not already fans probably won’t take notice.”

#3 Outcast, by Aaron Allston

Outcast (Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi, Book 1)
Aaron Allston
Price: $27.00
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Del Rey – (2009-03-24)
ISBN-10: 0345509064
ISBN-13: 9780345509062

#8 ( tied w #7) Pursuit, by Karen Robards

Pursuit
Karen Robards
Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Putnam Adult – (2009-03-24)
ISBN-10: 0399155422
ISBN-13: 9780399155420

Robards reaches a new level on the NYT list; her high was #14 for Guilty last year. It stayed on the main list for one week and was on the extended list for three more.

#10 Execution Dock,  Anne Perry — next in the bestselling William Monk series

Execution Dock (William Monk Novels)
Anne Perry
Price: $26.00
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books – (2009-03-24)
ISBN-10: 034546933X
ISBN-13: 9780345469335

#12 The Long Fall, Walter Mosley — a new detective, Leonid McGills

The Long Fall
Walter Mosley
Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover – (2009-03-24)
ISBN-10: 1594488584
ISBN-13: 9781594488580

New to the NYT Extended Fiction Hardcover Best Seller List

#21 One Second After, William R. Forstchen

One Second After
William R. Forstchen
Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Forge Books – (2009-03-17)
ISBN-10: 0765317583
ISBN-13: 9780765317582

 

#22 Genghis: Bones of the Hills, Conn Iggulden 

Genghis: Bones of the Hills
Conn Iggulden
Price: $25.00
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press – (2009-03-24)
ISBN-10: 0385339534
ISBN-13: 9780385339537

 

#26 Still Life, Joy Fielding (Atria)

Still Life
Joy Fielding
Price: $25.00
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Atria – (2009-03-24)
ISBN-10: 1416585273
ISBN-13: 9781416585275

#32 Life is Short But Wide, J. California Cooper (Doubleday)

Life is Short But Wide
J. California Cooper
Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Doubleday – (2009-03-24)
ISBN-10: 0385511345
ISBN-13: 9780385511346

 An Essence Book Club pick.

#34 The Expediter, David Hagberg (Forge)

The Expediter (McGarvey)
David Hagberg
Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Forge Books – (2009-03-17)
ISBN-10: 0765311119
ISBN-13: 9780765311115

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