''Split Second,'' the new thriller from David Baldacci, features two of the unluckiest Secret Service agents ever. It was on Agent Sean King's watch that a presidential candidate was shot; eight years later, he teams with Agent Michelle Maxwell to help recover her kidnapped candidate. It debuts at No. 3.
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1 THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN Mitch Albom, 2 Hyperion, $19.95 2 THE DA VINCI CODE Dan Brown, Doubleday, $24.95 29 3 SPLIT SECOND David Baldacci, Warner, $26.95 1 4 BLEACHERS John Grisham, Doubleday, $19.95 4 5 THE WEDDING Nicholas Sparks, Warner, $23.95 4 6 HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX 16 J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $29.99 7 A PERFECT DAY Richard Paul Evans, Dutton, $22.95 1 8 QUICKSILVER: VOLUME ONE OF THE BAROQUE CYCLE 2 Neal Stephenson, Morrow, $27.95 9 THE TEETH OF THE TIGER Tom Clancy, Putnam, $27.95 8 10 STONE COLD Robert B. Parker, Putnam, $24.95 1
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1 THE SOUTH BEACH DIET Arthur Agatston, M.D., 26 Rodale, $24.95 2 THE ULTIMATE WEIGHT SOLUTION: THE 7 KEYS TO 4 WEIGHT LOSS FREEDOM Dr. Phil McGraw, Free Press, $26 3 LIES AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM -- A FAIR AND 7 BALANCED LOOK AT THE RIGHT Al Franken, Dutton, $24.95 4 WHO'S LOOKING OUT FOR YOU? 2 Bill O'Reilly, Broadway, $24.95 5 THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE Rick Warren, 36 Zondervan, $19.99 6 FLYBOYS: A TRUE STORY OF COURAGE 1 James Bradley, Little, Brown, $25.95 7 BUSHWHACKED: LIFE IN GEORGE W. BUSH'S AMERICA 2 Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose, Random House, $24.95 8 MADAM SECRETARY Madeleine Albright, Miramax, $27.95 3 9 SHUT UP & SING: HOW ELITES FROM HOLLYWOOD, POLITICS, 3 AND THE U.N. ARE SUBVERTING AMERICA Laura Ingraham, Regnery, $27.95 10 GOOD TO GREAT: WHY SOME COMPANIES MAKE THE 45 LEAP...AND OTHERS DON'T Jim Collins, HarperBusiness, $27.50
SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, WEEK OF SEPT. 29-OCT. 5, 2003
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SONGBOOK Nick Hornby (Riverhead, $13) The guy who wrote High Fidelity really likes Nelly Furtado's ''I'm Like a Bird,'' Rufus Wainwright's ''One Man Guy,'' and Springsteen's ''Thunder Road.'' These are just a few of the tunes he dissects in an excellent series of essays about songs, which includes five New Yorker pieces that weren't in the hardcover edition.
THE LITTLE FRIEND Donna Tartt (Vintage, $14.95) Almost a decade in the making, Tartt's follow-up to The Secret History involves a little boy hung from a tree and his sister Harriet, who sets out to find the murderer.
HOW TO BE ALONE Jonathan Franzen (Picador, $14) Masterful essays from the Corrections author, including a ridiculously good meditation on Alzheimer's called ''My Father's Brain.'' Yeah, ridiculously good -- check it out.
THE LAST GIRLS Lee Smith (Ballantine, $14.95) Smith's novel trails four women as they travel down the Mississippi to scatter their friend's ashes.