Noah Hawley, the Austin resident and creator of the Fargo TV series, who has a new thriller, Before the Fall, photographed at the South Congress Hotel on May 6, 2016.
Erika Rich for American-Statesman

Many critics who read Austin resident Noah Hawley’s new thriller, “Before the Fall,” predicted that it would be one of the summer’s biggest hits.

This week, The New York Times best-seller list puts Hawley’s book at No. 2 in the nation for fiction, just behind “The Emperor’s Revenge,” by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison.

The rankings are based on sales that ended June 4 at thousands of venues where general interest books are sold.

We profiled Hawley recently and discussed his new book, which tracks a media firestorm after the crash of a private jet bound from Martha’s Vineyard to New York City.

Hawley spent the past weekend in Austin, wrapping up his book tour and participating in the ATX Television Festival.