The January 1, 2012 bestseller lists are already out and, at least in the crime fiction genre, there are a few differences. So, in this East vs. West comparison, it’s the New York Times Bestsellers in crime fiction against the Los Angeles Times Bestsellers in crime fiction. Here is a comparison of how those bestselling book lists differ.
The highest combined position on this crime fiction East vs. West comparison goes to Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James. This is the second week on both lists for James’ historical novel that transplants Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice characters into a world of suspense and mystery. Death Comes to Pemberley is in the #1 spot on the LA Times list and #5 in the New York Times.
The Litigators, by John Grisham takes the second highest combined spot; it’s #7 in the LA Times and #3 in New York. Grisham’s latest novel about a young brilliant, yet burned-out, attorney who joins a shady law firm has been on both lists for eight weeks.
Michael Connelly’s latest Harry Bosch novel, The Drop, grabbed the last crime fiction spot with placement in the LA Times at #4 and #9 in the New York Times. In The Drop, the LAPD detective has only three years left before retirement and is desperately seeking cases when he’s assigned two seemingly unrelated cases.
In the crime fiction genre there is also one book that, somewhat surprisingly, didn’t make both lists. Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson made it to #4 in New York but didn’t make the left coast list. Maybe next week that will change.