PaperbackFiction1HOUR GAME (Warner Vision, $7.99). By David Baldacci

A murderer, mimicking the modus operandi of notorious serial killers, menaces the hamlet of Wrightsburg, Va.12THE KITE RUNNER (Riverhead, $14). By Khaled Hosseini

An Afghan immigrant returns to his Taliban-ruled country in the hope of atoning for a childhood betrayal.483NIGHT TALES (Silhouette, $7.99). By Nora Roberts

Two tales of romantic suspense, "Night Shift" and "Night Shadow," republished in one volume.54A FINE PASSION (Avon, $6.99). By Stephanie Laurens

An English baron becomes enchanted by Lady Clarice Altwood who, he discovers, is in grave danger.15PAYBACK (Zebra, $6.99). By Fern Michaels

In this second installment of the "Revenge of the Sisterhood" series, a roguish senator gets his just desserts.16FIRESTORM (Bantam, $7.99). By Iris Johansen

Two firefighters, each with remarkable psychic abilities, begin a dalliance while tracking a pyromaniac.17SURVIVOR IN DEATH (Berkley, $7.99). By J.D. Robb

Eve Dallas, a cop in mid-21st-century NYC, faces a murder in which the only witness is a 10-year-old girl.18ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99)

By Dan Brown. The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.85950 HARBOR STREET (Mira, $7.50)

By Debbie Macomber. Cedar Grove P.I. Roy McAfee and his wife, Corrie, receive threatening postcards.110WICKED: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE WICKED

WITCH OF THE WEST (Regan, $15). By Gregory Maguire

This riff on the "Oz" tales features a misunderstood witch.3Nonfiction/General1WHY DO MEN HAVE NIPPLES? (Three Rivers, $12.95)

By Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg. Audacious questions to ask your doctor after that third cocktail.42THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN

MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE (Back Bay, $14.95)

By Malcolm Gladwell. A look at fads and their origins.363GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the course of civilization.394THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY (Vintage, $14.95)

By Erik Larson. Serial killer H.H. Holmes preys on Chicago residents amid the bustle of the 1893 World's Fair.795READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.836ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY (Back Bay, $14.95)

By David Sedaris. Autobiographical essays told with an appreciation for life's ironies.307DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY AND DENIM

(Back Bay, $14.95). By David Sedaris. A collection of witty essays starring the humorist's family.148NIGHT (Bantam, $5.99). By Elie Wiesel

The Nobel laureate's terrifying account of his four years spent in a concentration camp during World War II.79BAD CAT: 244 NOT-SO-PRETTY KITTIES AND

CATS GONE BAD (Workman, $9.95). By Jim Edgar

Candid photos of felines acting up and acting out.2310PLEDGED: THE SECRET LIFE OF SORORITIES

(Hyperion, $13.95). By Alexandra Robbins

The inner workings of one Greek chapter laid bare.7HardcoverFiction1THE HISTORIAN (Little, Brown, $25.95)

By Elizabeth Kostova. Three generations of one family pursue the undead Dracula by means of a medieval book.122POLAR SHIFT (Putnam, $26.95). By Clive Cussler with

Paul Kemprecos. The NUMA team must avert an ecological disaster wrought by anti-globalization zealots.13POINT BLANK (Putnam, $25.95). By Catherine Coulter

Married FBI agents Sherlock and Savich track a psychopath who has kidnapped a popular comedian.24SLOW BURN (Ballantine, $25.95). By Julie Garwood

A small town's decades-old murder mystery muddles the life of one of the town's native daughters, home for a visit.15THE DA VINCI CODE (Doubleday, $24.95)

By Dan Brown. Ciphers and riddles impede a symbologist's quest for the Holy Grail and a killer's identity.866LIFEGUARD (Little, Brown, $26.95). By James Patterson

and Maxine Paetro. A Boston boy's promising life in Palm Beach goes to pot after a failed $60 million art heist.87CHILL FACTOR (Simon & Schuster, $25.95).

By Sandra Brown. A blizzard strands Lily Barton in a remote cabin with a man who may be a serial killer.38THE WIDOW OF THE SOUTH (Warner, $24.95)

By Robert Hicks. The novelized tale of Carrie McGavock and the Battle of Franklin, Tenn. during the Civil War.19THE INTERRUPTION OF EVERYTHING (Viking, $25.95)

By Terry McMillan. Marilyn Grimes's midlife angst throws into question her marriage, love life and identity.710WITHOUT MERCY (Putnam, $25.95). By Jack Higgins

Gen. Charles Ferguson's covert ops team seeks revenge for the murder of one of its agents by Russian hit men.2Nonfiction/General1THE WORLD IS FLAT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (FSG, $27.50)

By Thomas L. Friedman. Globalism's colossal impact.2221776 (Simon & Schuster, $32). By David McCullough

Military campaigns and personal narratives tell the story of the first full year of the American Revolution.143FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES

THE HIDDEN SIDE OF EVERYTHING (Morrow, $25.95)

By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner214BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING

(Little, Brown, $25.95). By Malcolm Gladwell

The complex psychology behind our snap decisions.345CONFESSIONS OF A VIDEO VIXEN (Amistad, $24.95)

By Karrine Steffans. The hip-hop video actress exposes her painful past and the gritty side of a glittering industry.106100 PEOPLE WHO ARE SCREWING UP AMERICA

(AND AL FRANKEN IS #37) (HarperCollins, $25.95)

By Bernard Goldberg. Targeting the "cultural elite."87NEW RULES: POLITE MUSINGS FROM A TIMID

OBSERVER (Rodale, $24.95). By Bill Maher

Political-themed barbs from the outspoken comedian.58THE END OF POVERTY: ECONOMIC POSSIBILITIES

FOR OUR TIME (Penguin Press, $27.95)

By Jeffrey D. Sachs. A 20-year plan to rescue the poor.29WINNING (HarperBusiness, $27.95). By Jack Welch

with Suzy Welch. A top-to-bottom guidebook for business management by the former CEO of General Electric.1710WHY I AM A REAGAN CONSERVATIVE

(Morrow, $24.95). Edited by Michael K. Deaver

Adulatory essays by 54 conservative luminaries.1 Rankings reflect sales for the week ended September 4, 2005. The charts may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2005 by Nielsen BookScan. (Right-hand column of italicized numbers reflects weeks on this list. Advice, reference and self-help books appear on a separate, monthly list.)