1. "Judge & Jury," by James Patterson and Andrew Gross. (Little, Brown, $27.99) An aspiring actress and an F.B.I. agent join forces against a powerful mobster.
2. "Angels Fall," by Nora Roberts. (Putnam, $25.95) When a chef from Boston, now living in Wyoming, witnesses a murder, the locals won't believe her.
3. "The Messenger," by Daniel Silva. (Putnam, $25.95) Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and an occasional spy for the Israeli secret service, uncovers an al-Qaida plot against the Vatican.
4. "The Ruins," by Scott Smith. (Knopf, $24.95) Two young American couples on vacation in the YucatÃ¡n confront a horrible menace.
5. "Phantom," by Terry Goodkind. (Tor/Tom Doherty, $29.95) The 11th volume of the "Sword of Truth" fantasy series.
1. "Fiasco," by Thomas E. Ricks. (The Penguin Press, $27.95) How the Bush administration's and the military's failure to understand the developing Iraqi insurgency contributed to its further growth.
2. "Marley & Me," by John Grogan (Morrow, $21.95). A neurotic dog teaches life lessons.
3. "The World is Flat," by Thomas L. Friedman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $27.50). New York Times analyzes 21st-century economics and foreign policy.
4. "I Feel Bad About My Neck," by Nora Ephron.(Knopf, $19.95) A witty look at aging from a novelist and screenwriter ("When Harry Met Sally").
5. "Freakonomics," by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. (Morrow, $25.95) A maverick scholar applies economic thinking to everything from sumo wrestlers who cheat to legalized abortion and the falling crime rate.
- The New York Times