Washington Area Bestsellers
Sunday, October 31, 2004; Page BW11
By James Patterson. FBI novice Alex Cross matches wits with a Russian mobster trafficking in sexual slavery.
A couple, jaded by all the material trappings of the holidays, decides to have a year without Christmas.
An Afghan immigrant returns to his Taliban-ruled homeland in the hope of atoning for a childhood betrayal.
By Dan Brown. The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.
By Robert Ludlum. An American playboy and spy living in occupied Paris is sent to Russia on a sensitive mission.
& Craig Dirko. The mercenary crew of the warship "Oregon" hopes to secure an ancient radioactive artifact.
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By David Baldacci. Crimes against two presidential candidates, though eight years apart, may be related.
By Nora Roberts. Two of Roberts's novels, "Rules of the Game" and "The Name of the Game," now back in print.
Scarpetta, taking a time-out in Florida to ponder her future, helps the local authorities probe a killing spree.
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By Azar Nafisi. A professor's memoir of her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.
By H.G. Bissinger. A year spent observing the obsession with high school football in small town Odessa, Tex.
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By Erik Larson. Serial killer Henry Holmes preys on Chicago residents amid the bustle of the 1893 World's Fair.
By Bob Woodward. Assessing the administration's motivations behind green-lighting the war in Iraq.
By Barack Obama. Memoir by the rising politician.
By Gabriel García Márquez. The Nobel laureate's first volume of a projected three-volume memoir.
By Ann Coulter. Perceived foreign policy flaws.
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The usual tranquility of Lunacy, Alaska, is ruffled when a resident, missing for 16 years, is discovered murdered.
By Dan Brown. Ciphers and riddles impede a symbologist's quest for the Holy Grail and a murderer's identity.
Kay Scarpetta returns to the medical examiner's office to help the new director sort out a young girl's death.
By Philip Roth. An alternate history in which Charles Lindbergh, as a Nazi sympathizer, is elected U.S. president.
By R.A. Salvatore. The final volume in the fantasy trilogy chronicling the exploits of the Dark Elf Drizzt Do'Urden.
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By Anita Shreve. A woman reflects on the impact of her and her father's discovery of an abandoned infant.
Two holiday tales from the romance writer: "All I Want for Christmas" and "Home for the Holidays."
On her return from her months-long honeymoon (or was it a shopping spree?), Becky learns she has a half-sister.
By Diane Mott Davidson. Caterer and sometime sleuth Goldy Schulz suspects her ex-husband of vandalism.
By Jon Stewart & the Daily Show. Humor meets history.
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(Crown Forum, $26.95). By Ann Coulter. The conservative pundit maps out the American political scene.
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By Stephen Greenblatt. National Book Award nominee.
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By Tatum O'Neal. The Oscar-winning actress relates her battle with addiction and details of her volatile marriage.
By John E. O'Neill & Jerome R. Corsi. A contrary view.
By Seymour M. Hersh. An investigative reporter's verdict.
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