June 08, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

PROTECT AND DEFEND Richard North Patterson (Knopf, $26.95) Castle Rock Entertainment acquired the rights to the writer’s 11th novel, about a woman nominated as chief justice of the Supreme Court.

DREAMCATCHER Stephen King (Scribner, $28) Prepare to get your fright on. Castle Rock Entertainment optioned rights to King’s latest novel–about four boyhood friends who duel with supernatural forces. In the woods.

HELTER SKELTER Vincent Bugliosi (Bantam, $7.99) Propaganda Films paid mid-six figures for rights to the former L.A. prosecutor’s 1974 book about the Manson family murders and his subsequent indictment of the killers.

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