1. "Predator," by Patricia Cornwell (Putnam, $26.95). On the trail of a possible serial killer, Dr. Kay Scarpetta turns to a jailed psychopath for advice.
2. "At First Sight," by Nicholas Sparks (Warner, $24.95). The young couple from "True Believer," who are now expecting a child, receive a disturbing message.
3. "The Camel Club," by David Baldacci (Warner, $26.95). A group of eccentric conspiracy theorists stumbles across an actual plot reaching to the highest levels of government.
4. "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt," by Anne Rice, (Knopf, $25.95). What happened in Bethlehem; a story narrated by a 7-year-old who discovers that he is the Prince of Peace.
5. "Toxic Bachelors," by Danielle Steel (Delacorte, $27). On a Mediterranean vacation, three resolutely single friends meet three impressive women.
1. "Our Endangered Values," by Jimmy Carter (Simon & Schuster, $25). The former president warns against blurring politics and fundamentalist religion.
2. "The Year of Magical Thinking," by Joan Didion (Knopf, $23.95). The author's attempts to come to terms with the death of her husband and the grave illness of their only daughter.
3. "Team of Rivals," by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster, $35). The political genius of Abraham Lincoln, revealed in his relationship with his cabinet, from the author of "No Ordinary Time."
4. "The Truth (With Jokes)," by Al Franken (Dutton, $25.95). A comic attack on the Bush administration from the author of "Lies (and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them)."
5. "The World is Flat," by Thomas L. Friedman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $27.50). A columnist for The New York Times analyzes 21st-century economics and foreign policy and presents an overview of globalization trends.
- The New York Times