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Hardcover Fiction

Published: October 9, 2005

On List
1 ANANSI BOYS, by Neil Gaiman. (Morrow, $26.95.) After his father dies, Fat Charlie learns that Dad led a secret life as a trickster god. 1
2 GOODNIGHT NOBODY, by Jennifer Weiner. (Atria, $26.) An unhappy suburban mother gains her independence by investigating a murder. 1
3 THE DA VINCI CODE, by Dan Brown. (Doubleday, $24.95.) The murder of a curator at the Louvre leads to a trail of clues found in the work of Leonardo and to the discovery of a centuries-old secret society. 1 132
4 THE MARCH, by E. L. Doctorow. (Random House, $25.95.) The story of Sherman's sweep through the South and the lives he left in his wake. First Chapter 1
5 ON BEAUTY, by Zadie Smith. (Penguin Press, $25.95.) Personal and cultural battles between two academic families. 7 2
6 *THE WIDOW OF THE SOUTH, by Robert Hicks. (Warner, $24.95.) After the Battle of Franklin in 1864, a Tennessee woman turns over her plantation to Confederate troops for use as a hospital � and also as a cemetery. 6 4
7 THE HISTORIAN, by Elizabeth Kostova. (Little, Brown, $25.95.) A young woman's quest to learn the truth about her father's life and her mother's death involves research into Vlad the Impaler and Dracula. First Chapter 2 15
8 POLAR SHIFT, by Clive Cussler with Paul Kemprecos. (Putnam, $26.95.) Kurt Austin must contend with the leader of an antiglobalization group who possesses technology that has the potential to destroy all of humanity. 3 4
9 LIPSTICK JUNGLE, by Candace Bushnell. (Hyperion, $24.95.) Three women struggle to balance their high-powered jobs and their messy home lives. 10 3
10 POINT BLANK, by Catherine Coulter. (Putnam, $25.95.) Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock � F.B.I. agents as well as husband and wife � pursue a violent couple. 5 5
11 FRIENDS, LOVERS, CHOCOLATE, by Alexander McCall Smith. (Pantheon, $21.95.) A heart transplant patient enlists Isabel's help investigating the possible murder of his donor; a Sunday Philosophy Club novel. 1
12 CHILL FACTOR, by Sandra Brown. (Simon & Schuster, $25.95.) A successful magazine editor is trapped in her remote cabin with a man believed to be a serial killer. 8 6
13 *SHALIMAR THE CLOWN, by Salman Rushdie. (Random House, $25.95.) A former American ambassador to India is murdered by his Kashmiri Muslim driver. 12 2
14 HIGH DRUID OF SHANNARA: STRAKEN, by Terry Brooks. (Del Rey/Ballantine, $26.95.) Accompanied by a dwarf and an elven princess, Pen Ohmsford must save his aunt from exile; the final volume of a fantasy trilogy. 11 3
15 THUD! by Terry Pratchett. (HarperCollins, $24.95.) As the anniversary of the battle of Koom Valley approaches, tensions between trolls and dwarfs mount. Part of the Discworld series. 4 2

Also Selling
16 SLOW BURN, by Julie Garwood. (Ballantine, $25.95.)
17 CINNAMON KISS, by Walter Mosley. (Little, Brown, $24.95.)
18 THE MERMAID CHAIR, by Sue Monk Kidd. (Viking, $24.95.)
19 LIFEGUARD, by James Patterson and Andrew Gross. (Little, Brown, $26.95.)
20 THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN, by Mitch Albom. (Hyperion, $19.95.)
21 SWEETWATER CREEK, by Anne Rivers Siddons. (HarperCollins, $24.95.)
22 VANISH, by Tess Gerritsen. (Ballantine Books, $24.95.)
23 WITHOUT MERCY, by Jack Higgins. (Putnam, $25.95.)
24 TYRANNOSAUR CANYON, by Douglas Preston. (Forge, $24.95.)
25 THE LAST DAYS OF DOGTOWN, by Anita Diamant. (Scribner, $25.)
26 ANGELS AND DEMONS, by Dan Brown. (Atria, $7.99.)
27 SPELL OF THE HIGHLANDER, by Karen Marie Moning. (Delacorte, $18.)
28 THE UNDOMESTIC GODDESS, by Sophie Kinsella. (Dial, $23.)
29 TRUE BELIEVER, by Nicholas Sparks. (Warner, $24.95.)
30 REFLECTIONS OF A PEACEMAKER, by Mattie J. T. Stepanek. (Andrews McMeel, $16.95.)
31 SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN, by Lisa See. (Random House, $21.95.)
32 THE PAINTED DRUM, by Louise Erdrich. (HarperCollins, $25.95.)
33 THE INTERRUPTION OF EVERYTHING, by Terry McMillan. (Viking, $25.95.) First Chapter
34 MIRACLE, by Danielle Steel. (Delacorte, $20.)
35 PIRATE, by Ted Bell. (Atria, $25.)

Rankings reflect sales, for the week ending September 24, at almost 4,000 bookstores plus wholesalers serving 50,000 other retailers (gift shops, department stores, newsstands, supermarkets), statistically weighted to represent all such outlets nationwide. 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.