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

A murderer, mimicking the modus operandi of notorious serial killers, threatens the hamlet of Wrightsburg, Va.32THE 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.503LIGHT ON SNOW (Back Bay, $14.95). By Anita Shreve

The emotional repercussions of a father and daughter's discovery of an abandoned infant in the woods.14THE KNOWN WORLD (Amistad, $13.95)

By Edward P. Jones. The tangled relationship between an ex-slave (and plantation owner) and his former master.15NIGHT TALES (Silhouette, $7.99). By Nora Roberts

Two tales of romantic suspense, "Night Shift" and "Night Shadow," republished in one volume.76DOUBLE SHOT (HarperTorch, $7.99)

By Diane Mott Davidson. Caterer and sometime sleuth Goldy Schulz suspects her ex-husband of vandalism.17FIRESTORM (Bantam, $7.99). By Iris Johansen

Two firefighters, each with remarkable psychic abilities, begin a dalliance while tracking a pyromaniac.38WICKED: 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.5950 HARBOR STREET (Mira, $7.50)

By Debbie Macomber. Cedar Grove P.I. Roy McAfee and his wife, Carrie, receive threatening postcards.310ANGELS & DEMONS (Pocket Star, $7.99)

By Dan Brown. The Illuminati, a secret cabal, threatens the Vatican at the outset of a papal conclave.87Nonfiction/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.62THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN

MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE (Back Bay, $14.95)

By Malcolm Gladwell. A look at fads and their origins.383THE 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.814GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the course of civilization.415CHRONICLES: VOLUME ONE (Simon & Schuster, $14)

By Bob Dylan. The singer/songwriter contemplates pivotal moments in his life and artistic evolution.16NICKEL AND DIMED: ON (NOT) GETTING BY IN AMERICA

By Barbara Ehrenreich. The author reports on the state of the working poor by joining their ranks.37WILL IN THE WORLD: HOW SHAKESPEARE BECAME

SHAKESPEARE (Norton, $14.95)

By Stephen Greenblatt. The Bard and his times.18DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY AND DENIM

(Back Bay, $14.95). By David Sedaris. A collection of witty essays starring the humorist's family.169READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.8510BAD 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.25HardcoverFiction1SHALIMAR THE CLOWN (Random House, $25.95)

By Salman Rushdie. A Kashmiri native's evolution to terrorist is mapped in this tale of political-religious strife.12ON BEAUTY (Penguin Press, $25.95). By Zadie Smith

The lives of two families -- one Bohemian, the other decidedly not -- intersect, with unforeseen consequences.13THE HISTORIAN (Little, Brown, $25.95)

By Elizabeth Kostova. Three generations of one family pursue the undead Dracula by means of a medieval book.144POLAR SHIFT (Putnam, $26.95). By Clive Cussler with

Paul Kemprecos. The NUMA team must avert an ecological disaster wrought by anti-globalization zealots.35THUD! (HarperCollins, $24.95). By Terry Pratchett

In this 30th Discworld novel, the anniversary of a disastrous battle roils the dwarf and troll communities.16THE 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.37THE 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.888POINT BLANK (Putnam, $25.95). By Catherine Coulter

Married FBI agents Sherlock and Savich track a psychopath who has kidnapped a popular comedian.49LIPSTICK JUNGLE (Hyperion, $24.95)

By Candace Bushnell. A quartet of savvy women juggle hectic careers, home lives and their devoted friendship.210SLOW BURN (Ballantine, $25.95). By Julie Garwood

A small town's decades-old murder muddles the life of one of its native daughters, home for a visit.4Nonfiction/General1THE WORLD IS FLAT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (FSG, $27.50)

By Thomas L. Friedman. Globalism's colossal impact.2421776 (Simon & Schuster, $32). By David McCullough

Military campaigns and personal narratives tell the story of the first full year of the American Revolution.163FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES

THE HIDDEN SIDE OF EVERYTHING (Morrow, $25.95)

By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner234BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING

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

The complex psychology behind our snap decisions.365THE B.B. KING TREASURES: PHOTOS, MEMENTOS &

MUSIC FROM B.B. KING'S COLLECTION (Bulfinch, $40)

By B.B. King with Dick Waterman. Celebrating a life.16BAIT AND SWITCH: THE (FUTILE) PURSUIT OF THE

AMERCIAN DREAM (Metropolitan, $24)

By Barbara Ehrenreich. White collar woes.27TALKING BACK ... TO PRESIDENTS, DICTATORS,

AND ASSORTED SCOUNDRELS (Viking, $25.95)

By Andrea Mitchell. Memoir by the NBC News veteran.18CONFESSIONS 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.129100 PEOPLE WHO ARE SCREWING UP AMERICA

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

By Bernard Goldberg. Targeting the "cultural elite."1010THE WEST'S LAST CHANCE: WILL WE WIN THE

CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS? (Regnery, $27.95)

By Tony Blankley. The threat of militant Islam.1 Rankings reflect sales for the week ended September 18, 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, which premiered in Book World on Jan. 11, 2004. Advice, reference and self-help books appear on a separate, monthly list.)