1. 12TH OF NEVER, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. (Little, Brown.) One week after the birth of her baby, Detective Lindsay Boxer must return to work to investigate a string of grisly murders; a Women’s Murder Club novel.
2. THE HIT, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central.) Government hitman Will Robie uncovers a serious threat as he attempts to take out a fellow assassin who has gone rogue.
3. WHISKEY BEACH, by Nora Roberts. (Putnam.) A former criminal attorney who has been acquitted of his wife’s murder retreats to his family home on a New England cliff.
4. BEST KEPT SECRET, by Jeffrey Archer. (St. Martin’s.) In Volume 3 of the Clifton Chronicles, the focus shifts to a new generation — Sebastian, the son of Harry and Emma Clifton.
5(x). NOS4A2, by Joe Hill. (Morrow/HarperCollins.) In a creepy battle between real and imaginary worlds, a brave biker chick is pitted against a ghoulish villain who lures children to a place where it is always Christmas.
6. DADDY’S GONE A HUNTING, by Mary Higgins Clark. (Simon & Schuster.) Two sisters are threatened by a dark secret from their family’s past.
7(x). GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn. (Crown.) A woman disappears on her fifth anniversary — is her husband a killer?
8. FLY AWAY, by Kristin Hannah. (St. Martin’s.) A woman must deal with her personal issues before she can keep her promise to help the family of her deceased friend.
9(x). LIFE AFTER LIFE, by Kate Atkinson. (Little, Brown.) A woman appears in different versions of the same events, centered on World War II.
10. PARIS, by Edward Rutherfurd. (Doubleday.) Characters real and imaginary in the City of Light.
1. LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell. (Knopf.) The chief operating officer of Facebook urges women to pursue their careers without ambivalence.
2. LET’S EXPLORE DIABETES WITH OWLS, by David Sedaris. (Little, Brown.) Essays from the humorist on subjects like French dentistry and a North Carolina Costco.
3. WAITING TO BE HEARD, by Amanda Knox. (Harper.) Knox, who was convicted of murder in the death of her roommate in 2009 when she was an American student in Italy, a conviction that was overturned in 2011, tells her story.
4. COOKED, by Michael Pollan. (Penguin Press.) The writer masters recipes and argues that regaining control of cooking will make Americans healthier.
5. MY NEXT STEP, by Dave Liniger. (Hay House.) A businessman fights back from a staph infection that paralyzed him.
6. BUNKER HILL, by Nathaniel Philbrick. (Viking.) Eighteen months in pre-Revolutionary Boston, and the events leading up to the Battle of Bunker Hill.
7. THE NEW DIGITAL AGE, by Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen. (Knopf.) The promise and peril of the continuing information and technology revolution.
8. CARRIE AND ME, by Carol Burnett. (Simon & Schuster.) The comedian recalls her oldest daughter, who died in 2002.
9(x). THE DUCK COMMANDER FAMILY, by Willie and Korie Robertson with Mark Schlabach. (Howard Books.) Behind the scenes at the A&E show “Duck Dynasty.”
10. 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.
ADVICE, HOW-TO AND MISCELLANEOUS
1. VB6, by Mark Bittman. (Clarkson Potter.) Eating vegan before 6 p.m. for weight loss and health.
2. JUMPSTART TO SKINNY, by Bob Harper with Greg Critser. (Ballantine.) A fast-acting plan for short-term weight loss.
3. IT’S ALL GOOD, by Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen. (Grand Central Life & Style.) Easy, healthy, sugar-free recipes.
4. LIFE CODE, by Phil McGraw. (Bird Street.) How to “win in the real world,” regardless of people who try to exploit you.
5. CLEAN GUT, by Alejandro Junger. (HarperCollins.) The relationship between chronic disease and a single area of the body.
Rankings reflect sales at venues nationwide for the week ending May 4. 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.