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John Grisham’s new book, The King of Torts, debuts this week at No. 1. Now comes the hard part. Given that the latest novels by powerhouse authors like King, Clancy, and Crichton have been falling out of the top perches of the best-seller chart more quickly than they used to, industry spotters are going to be watching very closely to see if Grisham’s King — with its 2.8 million copies in print — will get comfortable on its No. 1 throne.

FICTION WEEKS ON LIST 1 THE KING OF TORTS John Grisham, Doubleday, $27.95 1 2 THE LOVELY BONES Alice Sebold, Little, Brown, $21.95 32 3 THE CAT WHO BROUGHT DOWN THE HOUSE Lilian Jackson Braun, Putnam, $23.95 1 4 CROSSROADS OF TWILIGHT Robert Jordan, Tor, $29.95 5 5 FINAL JUSTICE W.E.B. Griffin, Putnam, $26.95 2 6 PATTERN RECOGNITION William Gibson, Putnam, $25.95 1 7 PREY Michael Crichton, HarperCollins, $26.95 10 8 THE FIRST LAW John Lescroart, Dutton, $25.95 2 9 SONS OF FORTUNE Jeffrey Archer, St. Martin’s, $27.95 5 10 THE PERFECT LOVER Stephanie Laurens, Morrow, $22.95 1


1 ATKINS FOR LIFE Robert C. Atkins, M.D., St. Martin’s, $24.95 3 2 WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY LIFE? Po Bronson, Random House, $24.95 5 3 THE SAVAGE NATION: SAVING AMERICA FROM THE LIBERAL ASSAULT ON OUR BORDERS, LANGUAGE, AND CULTURE Michael Savage, WND Books, $24.99 5 4 THE POWER OF NOW: A GUIDE TO SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENMENT Eckhart Tolle, New World Library, $22.95 10 5 WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? Spencer Johnson, Putnam, $19.95 161 6 BODY FOR LIFE Bill Phillips and Michael D’Orso, HarperCollins, $25 163 7 THIS JUST IN Bob Schieffer, Putnam, $26.95 2 8 BUSH AT WAR Bob Woodward, Simon & Schuster, $28 11 9 THE RIGHT MAN: THE SURPRISE PRESIDENCY OF GEORGE W. BUSH David Frum, Random House, $25.95 5 10 GOOD TO GREAT: WHY SOME COMPANIES MAKE THE LEAP…AND OTHERS DON’T Jim Collins, HarperBusiness, $27.50 27