Best-sellers (hardcover)

1. “A Dirty Job,” by Christopher Moore (William Morrow: $24.95) A San Francisco shopkeeper is tapped to collect souls from the newly departed in this dark comedy.

2. “The Da Vinci Code,” by Dan Brown (Doubleday: $24.95) A Louvre curator’s killing leads to clues hidden in Leonardo’s paintings and a secret society with something to hide.

3. “The Tenth Circle,” by Jodi Picoult (Atria: $26) The seemingly bucolic life of a Maine family unravels as the past and present converge with haunting consequences.

4. “In the Company of the Courtesan,” by Sarah Dunant (Random House: $23.95) A cunning dwarf and a celebrated courtesan remake themselves in Venice after fleeing conflict in Rome in 1527.

5. “Dirty Blonde,” by Lisa Scottoline (HarperCollins: $22.95) A newly appointed federal judge is enmeshed in a deadly battle between a former prosecutor and a Hollywood producer.

6. “The 5th Horseman,” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Little, Brown: $27.95) A cop investigates the mysterious death of a young mother in a San Francisco emergency room.

7. “The Fallen,” by T. Jefferson Parker (William Morrow: $24.95) San Diego homicide Detective Robbie Brownlaw tries to find a killer and uncover a corruption scandal.

8. “The Templar Legacy,” by Steve Berry (Ballantine: $24.95) Intrigue swirls around a medieval monastic order and its long-lost archive that purports to disprove central Christian dogma.

9. “Memories of My Melancholy Whores,” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Knopf: $20) A nonagenarian journalist who falls for a 14-year-old virgin prostitute reflects on his life and loves.

10. “Intuition,” by Allegra Goodman (Dial Press: $25) Researchers at a Boston cancer center doubt the findings of a fellow scientist in a hurry to publish his claim of reducing tumors in lab mice.

1. “American Theocracy,” by Kevin Phillips (Viking: $26.95) Phillips argues that an overzealous global reach, a rise in fundamentalist religion and high debt historically lead to downfall.

2. “Marley &Me,” by John Grogan (William Morrow: $21.95) A columnist recalls how Marley, an incorrigible Labrador retriever, flunked obedience school, terrorized a pet sitter and won over his family.

3. “The Year of Magical Thinking,” by Joan Didion (Knopf: $23.95) The author explores the nature of grief and survival in the months after her writer-husband’s sudden death.

4. “Cobra II,” by Michael R. Gordon and Bernard E. Trainor (Pantheon: $27.95) A military expert and the New York Times’ Pentagon reporter chronicle America’s invasion and occupation of Iraq.

5. “Inspiration,” by Wayne W. Dyer (Hay House: $24.95) The therapist and self-help guru argues for finding inspiration from within rather than seeking it from others.

6. “French Women Don’t Get Fat,” by Mireille Guiliano (Knopf: $22) The chief executive of the French wine conglomerate Clicquot Inc. reveals the French secret of eating for pleasure without the bulge.

7. “The World Is Flat,” by Thomas L. Friedman (Farrar, Straus &Giroux: $27.50) How technology and the forces of globalization are connecting – and changing – the world.

8. “Burlesque and the Art of the Teese,” by Dita Von Teese (ReganBooks: $34.95) A former Playboy model and burlesque stripper known for her elaborate costumes expounds on the art of the tease.

9. “Game of Shadows,” by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams (Gotham: $26) The authors chronicle alleged steroid use among some of baseball’s brightest stars.

10. “Manhunt,” by James L. Swanson (William Morrow: $26.95) The search for President Lincoln’s killer, actor John Wilkes Booth, and how he eluded capture for 12 days.

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