1. "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.
2. "The Five People You Meet in Heaven," by Mitch Albom (Hyperion, $19.95). An old man who died while trying to rescue a little girl from danger discovers that all will be explained to him in the afterlife.
3. "The Zero Game," by Brad Meltzer (Warner, $25.95). A seemingly harmless game played by Congressional staff members leads to murderous intrigue.
4. "Absolute Friends," by John le Carre (Little, Brown, $26.95). An Englishman whose career in espionage ended with the fall of the Berlin Wall is reunited in southern Germany with a onetime fellow spy.
5. "Retreat, Hell!" by W. E. B. Griffin (Putnam, $26.95). The 10th novel in the series "The Corps" concerns the struggle of United States marines in the Korean War.
1. "The Price of Loyalty," by Ron Suskind (Simon & Schuster, $26). A view inside the Bush administration from the perspective of Paul O'Neill, the president's first Treasury secretary.
2. "American Dynasty," by Kevin Phillips (Viking, $25.95). The political commentator details a "pattern of deception" in four generations of the Bush family.
3. "My Prison Without Bars," by Pete Rose with Rick Hill (Rodale, $24.95). A memoir by the former player who was banned from baseball for betting on games while he was the manager of the Cincinnati Reds.
4. "Dude, Where's My Country?" by Michael Moore (Warner, $24.95). The author of "Stupid White Men" calls for "regime change" in Washington.
5. "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them," by Al Franken (Dutton, $24.95). A satirical critique of the rhetoric of right-wing pundits and politicians.
Advice, how-to and miscellaneous
1. "The South Beach Diet," by Arthur Agatston (Rodale, $24.95). A weight-loss plan designed by a Miami cardiologist.
2. "The Purpose-Driven Life," by Rick Warren (Zondervan, $19.99). Finding the meaning of life through God.
3. "The Ultimate Weight Solution," by Phil McGraw (Free Press, $26). Dr. Phil identifies "seven keys" to losing weight.
4. "The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands," by Laura C. Schlessinger (HarperCollins, $24.95). Advice for women on how to treat spouses.
5. "The Automatic Millionaire," by David Bach (Broadway, $19.95). A one-step plan "to live and finish rich."
-- The New York Times