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Hardcover Fiction

Published: April 30, 2010

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1DELIVER US FROM EVIL, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central, $27.99.) Two agents are tracking the same man, a human trafficker who is now dealing in nuclear arms.1
2THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett. (Amy Einhorn/Putnam, $24.95.) A young white woman and two black maids in 1960s ­Mississippi.256
3THE DOUBLE COMFORT SAFARI CLUB, by Alexander McCall Smith. (Pantheon, $24.95.) The 11th novel in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.1
4THIS BODY OF DEATH, by Elizabeth George. (Harper/HarperCollins, $28.99.) Detective Thomas Lynley becomes involved when a woman’s body is found in a London cemetery.1
5LUCID INTERVALS, by Stuart Woods. (Putnam, $25.95.) Stone Barrington, the New York cop turned lawyer, helps search for a former British intelligence operative.1
6THE SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE, by Mary Higgins Clark. (Simon & Schuster, $25.99.) An elderly woman must decide whether to reveal a family secret.12
7BURNING LAMP, by Amanda Quick. (Putnam, $25.95.) A Victorian crime lord fears he has fallen prey to an ancestral curse, and only a magical artifact can save him; an Arcane Society novel and the second book in the Dreamlight trilogy.1
8EVERY LAST ONE, by Anna Quindlen. (Random House, $26.) After a shocking assault on her family, a woman must discover how to live the rest of her life.52
9EIGHT DAYS TO LIVE, by Iris Johansen. (St. Martin’s, $27.99.) A painting by Eve Duncan’s adopted daughter draws the ire of a religious cult.1
10CHANGES, by Jim Butcher. (Roc, $25.95.) Book 12 of the Dresden Files series about a wizard detective in Chicago.33
11CAUGHT, by Harlan Coben. (Dutton, $27.95.) A suburban girl goes missing.45
12HOUSE RULES, by Jodi Picoult. (Atria, $28.) A teenage boy with Asperger’s syndrome is accused of murder.68
13MATTERHORN, by Karl Marlantes. (El León Literary Arts/Atlantic Monthly, $24.95.) Marines in Vietnam in 1969.75
14THE WALK, by Richard Paul Evans. (Simon & Schuster, $22.) A Seattle ad executive loses everything and starts walking to Key West.103
15DECEPTION, by Jonathan Kellerman. (Ballantine, $28.) The Los Angeles psychologist-detective Alex Delaware and the detective Milo Sturgis work on a prep-school murder case.124
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16BEATRICE AND VIRGIL, by Yann Martel (Spiegel & Grau)  Excerpt
17WRECKED, by Carol Higgins Clark (Scribner)
18SILVER BORNE, by Patricia Briggs (Ace)
19ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, by Seth Grahame-Smith (Grand Central)
20A RIVER IN THE SKY, by Elizabeth Peters (Morrow/HarperCollins)
21THE BLACK CAT, by Martha Grimes (Viking)
22IMPERFECT BIRDS, by Anne Lamott (Riverhead)
23THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown (Doubleday)
24A MIGHTY FORTRESS, by David Weber (Tor/Tom Doherty)
25THE ALOHA QUILT, by Jennifer Chiaverini (Simon & Schuster)
26THE BRIDE COLLECTOR, by Ted Dekker (Center Street)
27THE SILENT SEA, by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul (Putnam)
28NOWHERE TO RUN, by C. J. Box (Putnam)
29THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU, by Elizabeth Berg (Random House)
30SOLAR, by Ian McEwan (Nan. A Talese/Doubleday)
31BITE ME, by Christopher Moore (Morrow/HarperCollins)
32A QUESTION OF BELIEF, by Donna Leon (Grove/Atlantic)
33ANTHILL, by E. O. Wilson (Norton)
34THE LAKE SHORE LIMITED, by Sue Miller (Knopf)  Excerpt
35MAJOR PETTIGREW’S LAST STAND, by Helen Simonson (Random House)  Excerpt
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These lists are an expanded version of those appearing in the May 9 print edition of the Book Review. Rankings reflect sales, for the week ending April 24, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, supermarket, discount department stores and newsstands. An asterisk (*) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A dagger (†) indicates that some bookstores report receiving bulk orders. Among those categories not actively tracked are: perennial sellers; required classroom reading; text, reference and test preparation guides; journals and workbooks; calorie counters; shopping guides; comics and crossword puzzles. Click here for an explanation of the difference between trade and mass-market paperbacks.