Could it be that knopf will recoup its much-discussed $4 million advance on law professor-cum-novelist Stephen Carter? Early signs look promising. The Emperor of Ocean Park (300,000 copies in print after two pressruns) debuts at a solid No. 6 this week. If Carter is hot, Clive Cussler is on fire, literally. His latest underwater adventure Fire Ice: A Novel From the NUMA Files (435,000 copies in print) rains on poor Jan Karon’s parade. Her small-town tale slips to No. 2.



1 FIRE ICE: A NOVEL FROM THE NUMA FILES Clive Cussler with Paul Kemprecos, Putnam, $26.95 1 2 IN THIS MOUNTAIN Jan Karon, Viking, $25.95 2 3 THE SHELTERS OF STONE: EARTH’S CHILDREN Jean M. Auel, Crown, $28.95 6 4 THE NANNY DIARIES Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, St. Martin’s, $24.95 14 5 MORTAL PREY John Sandford, Putnam, $26.95 4 6 THE EMPEROR OF OCEAN PARK Stephen L. Carter, Knopf, $26.95 1 7 THE WAILING WIND Tony Hillerman, HarperCollins, $25.95 5 8 THE SUMMONS John Grisham, Doubleday, $27.95 18 9 DADDY’S LITTLE GIRL Mary Higgins Clark, Simon & Schuster, $26 8 10 STAR WARS: EPISODE II–ATTACK OF THE CLONES R.A. Salvatore, Del Rey/LucasBooks, $26 7


1 SELF MATTERS: CREATING YOUR LIFE FROM THE INSIDE OUT Phillip C. McGraw, Simon & Schuster, $25 28 2 WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? Spencer Johnson, Putnam, $19.95 127 3 BODY FOR LIFE Bill Phillips and Michael D’Orso, HarperCollins, $25 145 4 THE RIGHT WORDS AT THE RIGHT TIME Marlo Thomas and Friends, Atria Books, $25 6 5 STUPID WHITE MEN…AND OTHER SORRY EXCUSES FOR THE STATE OF THE NATION Michael Moore, ReganBooks, $24.95 16 6 MASTER OF THE SENATE: THE YEARS OF LYNDON JOHNSON Robert A. Caro, Knopf, $35 7 7 A MIND AT A TIME Mel Levine, Simon & Schuster, $26 9 8 STAR WARS: EPISODE II–ATTACK OF THE CLONES THE VISUAL DIRECTORY David West Reynolds, DK Publishing, $19.95 6 9 THE WISDOM OF MENOPAUSE Christiane Northrup, M.D., Bantam, $27.95 26 10 FIREHOUSE David Halberstam, Hyperion, $22.95 2