September 17, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Who needs CNN when we’ve got Richard North Patterson’s latest political thriller? With its professional hitmen, cross-dressing attorneys, and controversial, multimillion-dollar baseball stadiums, Dark Lady has enough scandal to keep fans tuned in, despite mixed reviews. (Four pressruns have 310,000 copies of the tome in print.) Readers aren’t quite as fascinated by real-life government intrigue: Christopher Andersen’s tell-all Bill and Hillary: The Marriage loses steam after a mere three weeks in the top 10.

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