1. THE BOOK OF LIFE, by Deborah Harkness. (Viking) In the conclusion to the All Souls trilogy, Oxford scholar/witch Diana Bishop and vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont return from Elizabethan London to the present.
2. THE HEIST, by Daniel Silva. (Harper) Gabriel Allon, an art restorer and occasional spy for the Israeli secret service, must track down a famous missing painting by Caravaggio.
3. ACT OF WAR, by Brad Thor. (Emily Bestler/Atria) Counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath undertakes two dangerous missions as America faces an imminent attack.
4. CUT AND THRUST, by Stuart Woods. (Putnam) Complications abound as New York lawyer Stone Barrington attends a political convention in Los Angeles.
5. INVISIBLE, by James Patterson and David Ellis. (Little, Brown) A former FBI researcher finds a link between scores of apparently unconnected unsolved cases.
6. THE GOLDFINCH, by Donna Tartt. (Little, Brown) A painting smuggled out of the Metropolitan Museum of Art after a bombing becomes a boy’s prize, guilt and burden.
7. THE SILKWORM, by Robert Galbraith. (Mulholland/Little, Brown) Private detective Cormoran Strike steps in when the author of a roman à clef set in literary London is murdered; by J.K. Rowling, writing pseudonymously.
8. TOP SECRET TWENTY-ONE, by Janet Evanovich. (Bantam) New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum pursues a dealer who sells more than used cars, while she juggles Joe Morelli, the sexy cop, and security expert Ranger.
9. WAYFARING STRANGER, by James Lee Burke. (Simon & Schuster) A man’s life is traced over decades, starting with his encounter, at age 16, with Bonnie and Clyde.
10. MR. MERCEDES, by Stephen King. (Scribner) A driver plows into a crowd, killing eight. The killer then taunts a suicidal ex-cop, who must stop another, deadlier attack.
1. UNBROKEN, by Laura Hillenbrand. (Random House) An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II after his plane went down over the Pacific.
2. AMERICA, by Dinesh D’Souza. (Regnery) A defense of America against the view that its power in the world should be diminished; also a documentary film.
3. BLOOD FEUD, by Edward Klein. (Regnery) A journalist describes animosity behind the alliance between the Clinton and Obama families.
4. THE MOCKINGBIRD NEXT DOOR, by Marja Mills. (Penguin Press) The author’s experience as Harper Lee’s neighbor.
5. HARD CHOICES, by Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Simon & Schuster) Clinton’s memoir focuses on her years as secretary of state and her views about the American role in the world.
6. ONE NATION, by Ben Carson with Candy Carson. (Sentinel) Carson, a retired pediatric neurosurgeon, now a Fox News contributor, offers solutions to problems in health and education based on capitalism, not government.