1. JUDGE & JURY
by James Patterson and Andrew Gross
An aspiring actress and an FBI agent join forces against a powerful mobster.
2. ANGELS FALL
by Nora Roberts
When a chef from Boston, living in Wyoming, witnesses a murder, the locals won’t believe her.
by Robin Cook
There are shocking revelations at a medical malpractice trial.
4. THE MESSENGER
by Daniel Silva
Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and an occasional spy for the Israeli secret service, uncovers an al-Qaida plot against the Vatican.
5. THE RUINS
by Scott Smith
Two young American couples on vacation in the Yucatan confront a horrible menace.
6. CAN’T WAIT TO GET TO HEAVEN
by Fannie Flagg
A return to Elmwood Springs, Missouri, the setting of Flagg’s novel Standing in the Rainbow.
by Terry Goodkind
The 11th volume of the Sword of Truth fantasy series.
8. HAPPINESS SOLD SEPARATELY
by Lolly Winston
A marriage is strained by infertility and infidelity.
9. TWELVE SHARP
by Janet Evanovich
The bounty hunter Stephanie Plum must find a killer and rescue a kidnapped child.
10. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS
by Sara Gruen
A young man -— and an elephant — save a Depression-era circus.
11. PEGASUS DESCENDING
by James Lee Burke.
Simon & Schuster
Louisiana detective Dave Robicheaux pursues interrelated cases that are linked to the killing of his best friend 25 years earlier.
12. THE NIGHT GARDENER
by George Pelecanos
Three Washington cops reunite to solve a murder that resembles a 20-year-old cold case.
13. COMING OUT
by Danielle Steel
An attorney’s household is thrown into chaos when her daughters receive an invitation to a debutante ball.
1. MARLEY & ME
by John Grogan
A newspaper columnist and his wife learn some life lessons from their neurotic dog.
2. I FEEL BAD ABOUT MY NECK
by Nora Ephron
A witty look at aging from a novelist and screenwriter.
by Thomas E. Ricks
The Penguin Press
How the Bush administration’s and the military’s failure to understand the developing Iraq insurgency contributed to its further growth.
4. THE WORLD IS FLAT
by Thomas Friedman
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
A columnist for the New York Times analyzes 21st-century economics and foreign policy.
5. THE LOOMING TOWER
by Lawrence Wright
The road to Sept. 11 as seen through the lives of terrorist planners and the FBI counter terrorism chief.
by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
A maverick scholar and a journalist apply economic theory to everything from cheating sumo wrestlers to legalized abortion and to falling crime rates.
7. DISPATCHES FROM THE EDGE
by Anderson Cooper
The CNN correspondent describes a year of covering the tsunami in Sri Lanka, the war in Iraq, and Hurricane Katrina.
by Nathaniel Philbrick
How America began, from the author of In the Heart of the Sea.
by Ann Coulter
The columnist argues that liberalism is a religion with sacraments, a creation myth and a clergy.
10. CONSERVATIVES WITHOUT CONSCIENCE
by John Dean
The authoritarian character of contemporary conservative beliefs and attitudes.
11. THE LANGUAGE OF GOD
by Francis Collins
The head of the Human Genome Project argues that faith in God and faith in science can coexist.
12. THE ONE PERCENT DOCTRINE