Best sellers


1. "The Husband," by Dean Koontz (Bantam, $27). A man whose wife is kidnapped has 60 hours to come up with a huge ransom.

2. "Beach Road," by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge (Little, Brown, $27.95). An East Hampton lawyer becomes involved in a highly publicized trial that pits locals against the super-rich.

3. "At Risk," by Patricia Cornwell (Putnam, $21.95). A Massachusetts state investigator applies DNA and other forensic techniques to a cold murder case; written as a serial for The New York Times Magazine.

4. "The Book of the Dead," by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Warner, $25.95). The final volume of a trilogy involving Secret Agent Aloysius Pendergast of the FBI and his criminal brother.

5. "The Cold Moon," by Jeffery Deaver (Simon & Schuster, $26). The forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme tracks a serial killer who calls himself the Watchmaker.


1. "Dispatches from the Edge," by Anderson Cooper (HarperCollins, $24.95). The CNN correspondent describes a year of covering the tsunami in Sri Lanka, the war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina.

2. "Marley & Me," by John Grogan (Morrow, $21.95). A newspaper columnist and his wife learn some life lessons from their neurotic dog.

3. "Wisdom of Our Fathers," by Tim Russert (Random House, $22.95). The host of "Meet the Press" presents readers' letters about their fathers in responseto his book "Big Russ and Me."

4. "The World is Flat," by Thomas L. Friedman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $27.50; updated and expanded edition, $30). A columnist for The New York Times analyzes 21st-century economics and foreign policy.

5. "Mayflower," by Nathaniel Philbrick (Viking, $29.95). How America began, from the author of "In the Heart of the Sea."


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