Top 20 of 2020

Part 1: Adult Fiction

Here’s a list of our most checked-out adult fiction titles for 2020.

Spoiler alert: TNRD residents love their mysteries and thrillers! How many of these have you read?

20. Hindsight by Iris Johansen

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“Kendra must put her life on the line to unravel a terrifying conspiracy. But Kendra soon discovers that she herself may hold the key to the deadliest secret of all.”

19. The Goodbye Man by Jeffery Deaver

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“In the wilderness of Washington State, expert tracker Colter Shaw has located two young men accused of a terrible hate crime. But when his pursuit takes a shocking and tragic turn, Shaw becomes desperate to discover what went so horribly wrong and if he is to blame.”

18. Criss Cross by James Patterson

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“In a Virginia penitentiary, Detective Alex Cross and his partner, John Sampson, witness the execution of a killer they helped to convict. Hours later, they are called to the scene of a copycat crime. A note signed “M” rests on the corpse: “You messed up big-time, Dr. Cross.” “

17. Blindside by James Patterson

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“Michael Bennett has always been an honorable man, but sometimes–when the lives of innocents are at stake–honor has to take a back seat. Survival comes first.”

16. Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich

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 “As someone who has spent an entire career finding bad guys, a set of missing keys should be no challenge for Stephanie Plum. Problem is, the facts are as twisted as a boardwalk pretzel with mustard.”.

15. The 20th Victim by James Patterson

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“As the casualty list expands, fear and fascination with this suspicious shooting gallery galvanizes the country. The victims were no angels, but are the shooters villains, or heroes?”

14. Masked Prey by John Sandford

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“Lucas Davenport investigates a vitriolic blog that seems to be targeting the children of U.S. politicians in the latest thriller by #1 New York Times-bestselling author John Sandford”

13. The Boy From the Woods by Harlan Coben.

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“Wilde must return to the community where he has never fit in, and where the powerful are protected even when they harbor secrets that could destroy the lives of millions . . . secrets that Wilde must uncover before it’s too late”

12. Texas Outlaw by James Patterson

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“Rory begins to uncover a tangle of small-town secrets, favours, and lies as crooked as Texas law is straight. To get to the truth before more people die, Rory is forced to take liberties with the investigation.”

11. When You See Me by Lisa Gardner

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“FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy and Sergeant Detective D.D. Warren have built a task force to follow the digital bread crumbs left behind by deceased serial kidnapper Jacob Ness. When a disturbing piece of evidence is discovered in the hills of Georgia, they bring Flora Dane and true-crime savant Keith Edgar to a small town where something seems to be deeply wrong.”

10. Golden in Death by J.D. Robb

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“In the latest thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, homicide detective Eve Dallas investigates a murder with a mysterious motive-and a terrifying weapon. Pediatrician Kent Abner received the package on a beautiful April morning. Inside was a cheap trinket, a golden egg that could be opened into two halves. When he pried it apart, highly toxic airborne fumes entered his body-and killed him.”

9. Long Range by C.J. Box

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“Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett must investigate an attempted murder–a crime committed from a confoundingly long distance–in the riveting new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author C. J. Box”

8. Walk the Wire by David Baldacci

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“London, North Dakota is a town replete with ruthless business owners, shady government officials, and religious outsiders, all determined to keep their secrets from coming out. When other murders occur, Decker will need all of his extraordinary memory and detective skills, and the assistance of a surprising ally, to root out a killer.”

7. The Museum of Desire by Jonathan Kellerman

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“Psychologist Alex Delaware and detective Milo Sturgis struggle to make sense of a seemingly inexplicable massacre in this electrifying psychological thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense. “

6. Camino Winds by John Grisham

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“Just as Bruce Cable’s Bay Books is preparing for the return of bestselling author Mercer Mann, Hurricane Leo veers from its predicted course and heads straight for the island … One of the apparent victims is Nelson Kerr, a friend of Bruce’s and an author of thrillers. But the nature of Nelson’s injuries suggests that the storm wasn’t the cause of his death: he has suffered several suspicious blows to the head.”

5. Lost by James Patterson

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“Detective Tom Moon and his multi-talented team face off against an international crime ring looking to seize control of America’s most vibrant city, Miami.”

4. A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci

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“FBI Agent Atlee Pine’s life was never the same after her twin sister, Mercy, was kidnapped and likely killed thirty years ago. After a lifetime of torturous uncertainty, Atlee’s unresolved anger finally gets the better of her on the job, and she finds she has to deal with the demons of her past if she wants to remain with the FBI. She and her assistant, Carol Blum, head back to Atlee’s rural hometown in Georgia to see what they can uncover about the traumatic night Mercy was taken and Atlee was almost killed. “

3. The Night Fire by Michael Connelly

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“Back when Harry Bosch was just a rookie homicide detective, he had an inspiring mentor who taught him to take the work personally and light the fire of relentlessness for every case. Now that mentor, John Jack Thompson, is dead, and his widow gives Bosch a murder book, one Thompson took with him when he left the LAPD twenty years before—the unsolved killing of a troubled young man. “

2. The Guardians by John Grisham

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“In a small Florida town, a young lawyer is shot to death. A young black man, a former client, named Quincy Miller is charged and convicted. For 22 years, Miller maintains his innocence from inside prison. Finally, Guardian Ministries takes on Miller’s case, but the Episcopal minister in charge gets more than he bargained for as powerful people do not want Miller exonerated.”

And finally, the most checked-out adult Fiction title of 2020! We give you:

  1. Blue Moon by Lee Child
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“Reacher is on a Greyhound bus, minding his own business, with no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there. Then he steps off the bus to help an old man who is obviously just a victim waiting to happen. But you know what they say about good deeds. “

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