The New York Times

March 2, 2008

Hardcover Fiction

On List
1 THE APPEAL, by John Grisham. (Doubleday, $27.95.) Political and legal intrigue ensue when a Mississippi court decides against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste. 1 3
2 7TH HEAVEN, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) In San Francisco, Detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women’s Murder Club hunt for an arsonist and a missing teenager. 2 2
3 DUMA KEY, by Stephen King. (Scribner, $28.) A Minnesota contractor moves to Florida to recover from an injury and begins to create paintings with mysterious power. 3 4
4 A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS, by Khaled Hosseini. (Riverhead, $25.95.) A friendship between two women in Afghanistan against the backdrop of 30 years of war. 5 39
5 STRANGER IN PARADISE, by Robert B. Parker. (Putnam, $25.95.) Jesse Stone, the police chief of Paradise, Mass., must protect a hit man’s intended victim. 4 2
6 WORLD WITHOUT END, by Ken Follett. (Dutton, $35.) Love and intrigue in Kingsbridge, the medieval English cathedral town at the center of Follett’s “Pillars of the Earth.” 7 19
7 THE KILLING GROUND, by Jack Higgins. (Putnam, $25.95.) A spy helps a man whose family has terrorist ties.   1
8 PEOPLE OF THE BOOK, by Geraldine Brooks. (Viking, $25.95.) A n expert unlocks the secrets of a rare manuscript. 9 7
9 * PLUM LUCKY, by Janet Evanovich. (St. Martin’s, $17.95.) Stephanie’s grandmother finds a bag of cash and goes gambling in Atlantic City, pursued by the money’s owner. 6 6
10 THE SENATOR’S WIFE, by Sue Miller. (Knopf, $24.95.) A woman lives with her husband’s persistent infidelity. 8 6
11 THE GHOST WAR, by Alex Berenson. (Putnam, $24.95.) A C.I.A. agent in Afghanistan tries to learn who’s behind the resurgent Taliban and finds a global power struggle.   1
12 SIZZLE AND BURN, by Jayne Ann Krentz. (Putnam, $24.95.) A member of the Arcane Society, dedicated to paranormal research, helps a woman with psychic powers. 10 3
13 CHARM!, by Kendall Hart. (Hyperion, $21.95.) The trials of the sexy head of a cosmetics company; ostensibly a roman à clef by a character on the soap opera “All My Children.” 15 2
14 THE MONSTERS OF TEMPLETON, by Lauren Groff. (Voice/Hyperion, $24.95.) In search of her unknown father, a graduate student uncovers her town’s historical secrets.   1
15 * CELEBUTANTES, by Amanda Goldberg and Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper. (St. Martin’s, $23.95.) A director’s daughter and her friends try to make it in Hollywood.   1
16 * WHERE THE HEART LEADS, by Stephanie Laurens. (Morrow, $24.95.) With the help of a well-born amateur detective, a society woman in Regency London investigates the disappearance of several orphans in the 15th Cynster novel. 11 2
Also Selling  
17 FIREFLY LANE, by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s)
18 SWORD SONG, by Bernard Cornwell (Harper)
19 SONG YET SUNG, by James McBride (Riverhead)
20 DOUBLE CROSS, by James Patterson (Little, Brown)
21 THE SHOOTERS, by W.E.B. Griffin (Putnam)
22 BEVERLY HILLS DEAD, by Stuart Woods (Putnam)
23 BLASPHEMY, by Douglas Preston (Tom Doherty/Forge)
24 DAKOTA, by Martha Grimes (Viking)
25 THE SECRET BETWEEN US, by Barbara Delinsky (Doubleday)
26 L.A. OUTLAWS, by T. Jefferson Parker (Dutton)
27 BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN, by Charles Bock (Random House)
28 THE CHOICE, by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central)
29 SUCCULENT: CHOCOLATE FLAVA II, edited by Zane (Atria)
30 DEATH OF A GENTLE LADY, by M. C. Beaton (Grand Central)
31 SOMETHING ON THE SIDE, by Carl Weber (Dafina)
32 SIN NO MORE, by Kimberla Lawson Roby (Morrow)
33 T IS FOR TRESPASS, by Sue Grafton (Putnam)
34 THE DARKEST EVENING OF THE YEAR, by Dean Koontz (Bantam)
35 THE PURRFECT MURDER, by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown (Bantam)[ click to view the New York Times Bestseller List ]