The little friend reintroduces an old friend to the best-seller chart this week. Donna Tartt hit the big time 10 years ago with the huge-selling The Secret History, one of the most successful debut novels in recent history, and now she’s ba-a-ack, this time at No. 6, with a second creepy novel. An even more reliable bookseller, Pat Conroy, is watching his My Losing Season (see review, this page) come out a winner in nonfiction. True to form, the basketball book goes vertical in its second week, to No. 2.



1 Q IS FOR QUARRY Sue Grafton, Putnam, $26.95 2 2 THE LOVELY BONES Alice Sebold, Little, Brown, $21.95 18 3 CHASING THE DIME Michael Connelly, Little, Brown, $25.95 2 4 NIGHTS IN RODANTHE Nicholas Sparks, Warner, $22.95 6 5 THE JANSON DIRECTIVE Robert Ludlum, St. Martin’s, $27.95 2 6 THE LITTLE FRIEND Donna Tartt, Knopf, $26 1 7 FROM A BUICK 8 Stephen King, Scribner, $28 5 8 THE MURDER BOOK Jonathan Kellerman, Ballantine, $26.95 4 9 BLESSINGS Anna Quindlen, Random House, $24.95 6 10 THE CRUSH Sandra Brown, Warner, $26.95 3


1 LEADERSHIP Rudolph W. Giuliani with Ken Kurson, Miramax, $25.95 4 2 MY LOSING SEASON Pat Conroy, Doubleday, $27.95 2 3 GET WITH THE PROGRAM! Bob Greene, Simon & Schuster, $24 15 4 WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? Spencer Johnson, Putnam, $19.95 147 5 GOOD TO GREAT: WHY SOME COMPANIES MAKE THE LEAP…AND OTHERS DON’T Jim Collins, HarperBusiness, $27.50 18 6 THE ONE MINUTE MILLIONAIRE: THE ENLIGHTENED WAY TO WEALTH Mark Victor Hansen and Robert G. Allen, Harmony, $19.95 1 7 LET FREEDOM RING: WINNING THE WAR OF LIBERTY OVER LIBERALISM Sean Hannity, ReganBooks, $25.95 10 8 RICH DAD’S PROPHECY Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter, Warner, $21.95 2 9 LONGITUDES & ATTITUDES: EXPLORING THE WORLD AFTER SEPTEMBER 11 Thomas L. Friedman, FSG, $26 8 10 LIVE FROM NEW YORK: AN UNCENSORED HISTORY OF SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller, Little, Brown, $25.95 3