Bestseller Stat Shot

James Patterson’s Cross My Heart (Little, Brown) debuts on our Hardcover Fiction list this week in the top spot, selling 66,665 print copies. According to Wikipedia, it’s Patterson’s 115th book—and his 12th this year. Here’s how each of those 12 did during their debut weeks (in chronological order).

Private Berlin 37,325
The Kiss 10,881
Alex Cross, Run 63,140
Middle School: My Brother Is a Big, Fat Liar 14,748
12th of Never 68,171
Second Honeymoon 48,887
Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill 22,097
Mistress 35,318
Treasure Hunters 11,743
Gone 46,889
Confessions: The Private School Murders 12,664
Cross My Heart 66,665

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