1. THE CUCKOO’S CALLING, by Robert Galbraith (Mullholland Books/Little, Brown). Struggling detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide; by J.K. Rowling, writing pseudonymously.
2. INFERNO, by Dan Brown (Doubleday). Symbologist Robert Langdon, on the run in Florence, must decipher a series of codes created by a Dante-loving scientist.
3. MISTRESS, by James Patterson and David Ellis (Little, Brown). When he begins to investigate a friend’s mysterious death, a man discovers that she was leading a double life.
4. AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED, by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead). A multigenerational family saga centers on a brother and sister born in Afghanistan; from the author of “The Kite Runner.”
5. THE THIRD KINGDOM, by Terry Goodkind (Tor/Tom Doherty). A sequel to “The Omen Machine.”
6. NIGHT FILM, by Marisha Pessl (Random House). Investigators pursue a master horror film auteur after his daughter is found dead.
7. THE BONE SEASON, by Samantha Shannon (Bloomsbury). A young clairvoyant discovers her powers in a dystopian England in 2059; the first pick of the “Today” show book club.
8. GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn (Crown). A woman disappears on her fifth anniversary; is her husband a killer?
9. THE KILL LIST, by Frederick Forsyth (Putnam). An Arabic-speaking Marine major known as the Tracker pursues a terrorist who radicalizes young Muslims living abroad.
10. THE HUSBAND’S SECRET, by Liane Moriarty (Amy Einhorn/Putnam). A woman’s life is upended when she discovers a letter she was not meant to read.
1. THE LIBERTY AMENDMENTS, by Mark R. Levin (Threshold Editions). The talk-radio host and president of the Landmark Legal Foundation offers 11 proposals for returning to America’s founding principles.
2. ZEALOT, by Reza Aslan (Random House). A biography of Jesus of Nazareth presents him in the context of his times as the leader of a revolutionary movement.
3. LEAN IN, by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell (Knopf). The chief operating officer of Facebook urges women to pursue their careers without ambivalence.
4. HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY, by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach (Howard Books). The Duck Commander pays tribute to “faith, family and ducks.”
5. EXPOSED, by Jane Velez-Mitchell (Morrow/HarperCollins). The story of Jodi Arias, who was convicted of murdering her boyfriend, Travis Alexander.
6. LAWRENCE IN ARABIA, by Scott Anderson ( Doubleday). A history of the Arab revolt against the Turks in World War I focuses on T.E. Lawrence and other adventurers.
7. THIS TOWN, by Mark Leibovich (Blue Rider). An examination of Washington’s “media-industrial complex” by the chief national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine.
8. INFILTRATED, by Jay W. Richards (McGraw-Hill Education). An argument that financial reformers have infiltrated American institutions and are waging war against free enterprise. (b)
9. 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 bomber went down over the Pacific.
10. 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.
ADVICE, HOW-TO AND MISCELLANEOUS
1. THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES, by Gary Chapman (Northfield). How to communicate love in a way a spouse will understand.
2. THE UNTETHERED SOUL, by Michael A. Singer (New Harbinger/Noetic). The answer to who we are is said to be found in our consciousness.
3. E-SQUARED, by Pam Grout (Hay House). Nine spiritual experiments to help change the focus of your thoughts.
4. SURVIVE THE UNTHINKABLE, by Tim Larkin (Rodale). A woman’s guide to self-defense. (b)
5. CHOOSE MORE, LOSE MORE FOR LIFE, by Chris Powell with Heidi Powell (Hyperion). The TV fitness trainer’s carbohydrate-cycling guide.
Rankings reflect sales at venues nationwide for the week ending Aug. 24. An (x) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A (b) indicates that some sellers report receiving bulk orders.