Rankings reflect sales, for the week that ended July 10, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, supermarket, discount department stores and newsstands. An (x) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A (b) indicates that some bookstores report receiving bulk orders. Among those categories not actively tracked are perennial sellers; required classroom reading; text, reference and test preparation guides; journals and workbooks; calorie counters; shopping guides; comics and crossword puzzles. Expanded rankings are available on the Web: nytimes.com/books.
1. THE SEARCH, by Nora Roberts. (Putnam, $26.95.)
The only survivor of a serial killer has found peace in the Pacific Northwest, but her life is shaken by the appearance of a new man and a copycat murderer.
THIS WEEK: 1
LAST WEEK: —
WEEKS ON LIST: 1
2. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson. (Knopf, $27.95.)
The third volume of a trilogy about a Swedish hacker and a journalist.
THIS WEEK: 2
LAST WEEK: 3
WEEKS ON LIST: 7
3. PRIVATE, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. (Little, Brown, $27.99.)
The head of an investigation company pursues the murderer of his best friend’s wife.
THIS WEEK: 3