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


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



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

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


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,


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


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.)