PaperbackFiction1STATE OF FEAR (Avon, $7.99). By Michael Crichton

Eco-terrorists plot to create "natural disasters" in an effort to further their radical agenda.12WHITEOUT (Signet, $7.99). By Ken Follett

The debt-ridden son of a pharmaceutical company's founder burgles the lab, with unforeseen consequences.13NIGHT FALL (Warner Vision, $7.99). By Nelson Demille

Anti-terrorist expert John Corey is driven to reassess the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island.14THE 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.565LONDON BRIDGES (Warner Vision, $7.99)

By James Patterson. Alex Cross's nemesis, the Wolf, aims to extort billions by threatening to annihilate entire cities.56NORTHERN LIGHTS (Jove, $9.99). By Nora Roberts

The usual tranquility of Lunacy, Alaska, is ruffled when a resident, missing for 16 years, is discovered murdered.57WICKED: 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.118LIFE EXPECTANCY (Bantam, $7.99). By Dean Koontz

Jimmy Took, buffeted by destiny, musters decency and strength to cope with five days of horror.19LIGHT 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.710TWISTED (Ballantine, $7.99). By Jonathan Kellerman

Hollywood homicide detective Petra Connor hunts a serial killer who strikes on the same date each year.5Nonfiction/General1A MILLION LITTLE PIECES (Anchor, $14.95)

By James Frey. A former screenwriter and drug dealer's chronicle of addiction and recovery.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.443BAD CAT: 244 NOT-SO-PRETTY KITTIES AND

CATS GONE BAD (Workman, $9.99). By Jim Edgar

Candid photos of felines acting up and acting out.294WHY DO MEN HAVE NIPPLES? (Three Rivers, $12.95)

By Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg. Audacious questions to ask your doctor after that third cocktail.125THE 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.876IN COLD BLOOD (Vintage, $14). By Truman Capote

Its melding of crime reportage and a novel's structure made this account of a 1959 Kansas murder an instant classic.27LEADERSHIP (Miramax, $15.95). By Rudolph W. Giuliani

The former New York City mayor draws on his personal experiences to impart leadership lessons.18JARHEAD: A MARINE'S CHRONICLE OF THE


By Anthony Swofford. A Marine sniper reminisces.29READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN (Random House, $13.95)

By Azar Nafisi. A professor recalls her clandestine Western literature discussion groups for women students.9110GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL (Norton, $16.95)

By Jared Diamond. The impact of geography and the environment on the course of civilization.46HardcoverFiction1PREDATOR (Putnam, $26.95). By Patricia Cornwell

Forensic examiner Kay Scarpetta, now based in Florida, is stymied by a series of bizarre slayings and thorny clues.12THE CAMEL CLUB (Warner, $26.95). By David Baldacci

A band of zealous conspiracy theorists stumbles across real intrigue after witnessing a murder on Roosevelt Island.13AT FIRST SIGHT (Warner, $24.95). By Nicholas Sparks

Jeremy Marsh and Lexie Darnell, last seen in Sparks's "True Believer," are coping with the stress of engagement.24TOXIC BACHELORS (Delacorte, $27). By Danielle Steel

Charles, Adam and Gray, confirmed bachelors thriving professionally at mid-life, meet their romantic matches.15KNIFE OF DREAMS: BOOK ELEVEN OF THE

WHEEL OF TIME (Tor, $29.95). By Robert Jordan

The penultimate volume of Jordan's fantasy epic.36THE SCORPION'S GATE (Putnam, $24.95)

By Richard A. Clarke. In 2010, the House of Saud is no more and a risky gamble for oil may precipitate world war.17THE AMBLER WARNING (St. Martin's, $25.95)

By Robert Ludlum. A covert U.S. operative, a 20-year vet, is detained in a government hospital for reasons unknown.28SAVING FISH FROM DROWNING (Putnam, $26.95)

By Amy Tan. A Burmese vacation is scuttled when American travelers are seized by a mystical rebel tribe. 29CONSENT TO KILL (Atria, $25.95). By Vince Flynn

Mitch Rapp, CIA assassin, juggles multiple adversaries, a $20 million bounty on his head and his wife's pregnancy.310THE LINCOLN LAWYER (Little, Brown, $26.95)

By Michael Connelly. A defense attorney, who works modestly out of a Lincoln Town Car, lands a wealthy client.4Nonfiction/General1TEAM OF RIVALS: THE POLITICAL GENIUS OF

ABRAHAM LINCOLN (Simon & Schuster, $35)

By Doris Kearns Goodwin. Presidential finesse.12HEALTHY AGING: A LIFELONG GUIDE TO YOUR PHYSICAL


By Andrew Weil. A new perspective for staying vibrant.23THE TRUTH: WITH JOKES (Dutton, $25.95)

By Al Franken. The cheeky satirist's follow-up to "Lies" aims to debunk the conservative media spin.14THE WORLD IS FLAT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE


By Thomas L. Friedman. Globalism's colossal impact.305THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING (Knopf, $23.95)

By Joan Didion. Reflecting on a year of grief and mourning after her husband's death and her daughter's illness.46THE CITY OF FALLING ANGELS (Penguin Press, $25.95)

By John Berendt. Venice, where the author moved in 1997, is affectionately portrayed here in all its glory and decay.57DRIVEN FROM WITHIN (Atria, $35). By Michael Jordan

The gifted basketball star (six NBA championships) and sports icon reflects on the secrets to his phenomenal success.18FREAKONOMICS: A ROGUE ECONOMIST EXPLORES


By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner299MY FBI: BRINGING DOWN THE MAFIA, INVESTIGATING


(St. Martin's, $25.95). By Louis J. Freeh310THE ASSASSINS' GATE: AMERICA IN IRAQ (FSG, $26)

By George Packer. A controversial enterprise to change the Middle East devolves into a bloody guerrilla war.1 Rankings reflect sales for the week ended October 30, 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. The advice/miscellaneous list below reflects sales from 09/26 to 10/30.)