By EW Staff
Updated March 28, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST


The jester has toppled the King — The King of Torts, that is. In a battle royal between superauthors, James Patterson and his new period-piece actioner have tossed John Grisham out of the No. 1 slot after four weeks, as Alice Sebold and The Lovely Bones hold tight at a still astounding No. 3 after 36 weeks. In nonfiction, Jarhead, Anthony Swofford’s eerily well-timed memoir of his experience fighting in the Persian Gulf War, enters the fray with a debut at No. 8. Iraq on!


1 THE JESTER James Patterson and Andrew Gross, Little, Brown, $27.95 1 2 THE KING OF TORTS John Grisham, Doubleday, $27.95 5 3 THE LOVELY BONES Alice Sebold, Little, Brown, $21.95 36 4 DATING GAME Danielle Steel, Delacorte, $26.95 1 5 SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME Judith McNaught, Atria, $25 3 6 THE CONFESSOR Daniel Silva, Putnam, $25.95 2 7 THE LAST DETECTIVE Robert Crais, Doubleday, $24.95 3 8 CROSSROADS OF TWILIGHT Robert Jordan, Tor, $29.95 9 9 STAR WARS: TATOOINE GHOST Troy Denning, Del Rey, $25.95 1 10 THE DANTE CLUB Matthew Pearl, Random House, $24.95 4


1 ATKINS FOR LIFE Robert C. Atkins, M.D., St. Martin’s, $24.95 7 2 THE LAWS OF MONEY, THE LESSONS OF LIFE Suze Orman, Free Press, $26 2 3 THE SAVAGE NATION: SAVING AMERICA FROM THE LIBERAL ASSAULT ON OUR BORDERS, LANGUAGE, AND CULTURE Michael Savage, WND Books, $24.99 9 4 THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE Rick Warren, Zondervan, $19.99 6 5 STUPID WHITE MEN…AND OTHER SORRY EXCUSES FOR THE STATE OF THE NATION Michael Moore, ReganBooks, $24.95 36 6 WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY LIFE? Po Bronson, Random House, $24.95 9 7 THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY Erik Larson, Crown, $25.95 4 8 JARHEAD: A MARINE’S CHRONICLE OF THE GULF WAR AND OTHER BATTLES Anthony Swofford, Scribner, $24 1 9 THE POWER OF NOW: A GUIDE TO SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENMENT Eckhart Tolle, New World Library, $22.95 14 10 THE HUNT FOR BIN LADEN Robin Moore, Random House, $24.95 1