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Hardcover Fiction

Published: May 7, 2010

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1THE 9TH JUDGMENT, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) Detective Lindsay Boxer pursues a killer who’s preying on women and children.1
2LOVER MINE, by J. R. Ward. (New American Library, $25.95.) Book 8 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.1
3THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett. (Amy Einhorn/Putnam, $24.95.) A young white woman and two black maids in 1960s ­Mississippi.257
4DELIVER 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.12
5HANNAH’S LIST, by Debbie Macomber. (Mira, $24.95.) A doctor receives a letter from his dead wife in which she asks him to marry one of three women she has chosen for him.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.63
7THE DOUBLE COMFORT SAFARI CLUB, by Alexander McCall Smith. (Pantheon, $24.95.) The 11th novel in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series.32
8THIS 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.42
9LUCID INTERVALS, by Stuart Woods. (Putnam, $25.95.) Stone Barrington, the New York cop turned lawyer, helps search for a former British intelligence operative.52
10EVERY 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.83
11THE GOD OF THE HIVE, by Laurie R. King. (Bantam, $25.) Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, are separated and on the run from a ruthless foe.1
12HOUSE RULES, by Jodi Picoult. (Atria, $28.) A teenage boy with Asperger’s syndrome is accused of murder.129
13*CHANGES, by Jim Butcher. (Roc, $25.95.) Book 12 of the Dresden Files series about a wizard detective in Chicago.104
14EIGHT 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.92
15BURNING LAMP, by Amanda Quick. (Putnam, $25.95.) A Victorian crime lord fears he has fallen prey to an ancestral curse; an Arcane Society novel.72
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16ISLAND BENEATH THE SEA, by Isabel Allende (Harper/HarperCollins)
17CAUGHT, by Harlan Coben (Dutton)
18RETURN TO SENDER, by Fern Michaels (Kensington)
19MATTERHORN, by Karl Marlantes (El León Literary Arts/Atlantic Monthly)
20RECKLESS, by Andrew Gross (Morrow)
21EDGE OF APOCALYPSE, by Tim LaHaye and Craig Parshall (Zondervan)
22ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, by Seth Grahame-Smith (Grand Central)
23SILVER BORNE, by Patricia Briggs (Ace)
24THE WALK, by Richard Paul Evans (Simon & Schuster)
25THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown (Doubleday)
26THE ALOHA QUILT, by Jennifer Chiaverini (Simon & Schuster)
27A RIVER IN THE SKY, by Elizabeth Peters (Morrow/HarperCollins)
28WRECKED, by Carol Higgins Clark (Scribner)
29A MIGHTY FORTRESS, by David Weber (Tor/Tom Doherty)
30THE BLACK CAT, by Martha Grimes (Viking)
31ANTHILL, by E. O. Wilson (Norton)  Excerpt
32BEATRICE AND VIRGIL, by Yann Martel (Spiegel & Grau)  Excerpt
33IMPERFECT BIRDS, by Anne Lamott (Riverhead)
34SOLAR, by Ian McEwan (Nan. A Talese/Doubleday)
35NOWHERE TO RUN, by C. J. Box (Putnam)
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These lists are an expanded version of those appearing in the May 16 print edition of the Book Review. Rankings reflect sales, for the week ending May 1, 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.