Best-Sellers

Oh, Kay!

Things are looking bad for Dr. Kay Scarpetta in the thriller ''Blow Fly'' -- the evil Chandonne boys are back -- but it's looking good for her creator, Patricia Cornwell, as the book debuts at No. 1. The only other fresh meat on the list is Richard North Patterson's ''Balance of Power,'' which lobbies its way to No. 9.

FICTION

1 BLOW FLY Patricia Cornwell, Putnam, $26.95 1 2 THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN Mitch Albom, Hyperion, $19.95 4 3 THE DA VINCI CODE Dan Brown, Doubleday, $24.95 31 4 SPLIT SECOND David Baldacci, Warner, $26.95 3 5 BLEACHERS John Grisham, Doubleday, $19.95 6 6 THE WEDDING Nicholas Sparks, Warner, $23.95 6 7 HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $29.99 18 8 HELLO, DARKNESS Sandra Brown, Simon & Schuster, $25.95 2 9 BALANCE OF POWER Richard North Patterson, Ballantine, $27.95 1 10 THE PLEASURE OF MY COMPANY Steve Martin, Hyperion, $19.95 3

NONFICTION

1 THE SOUTH BEACH DIET Arthur Agatston, M.D., Rodale, $24.95 28 2 DUDE, WHERE'S MY COUNTRY? Michael Moore, Warner, $24.95 2 3 LIES AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM -- A FAIR AND BALANCED LOOK AT THE RIGHT Al Franken, Dutton, $24.95 9 4 THE ULTIMATE WEIGHT SOLUTION: THE 7 KEYS TO WEIGHT LOSS FREEDOM Dr. Phil McGraw, Free Press, $26 6 5 THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE Rick Warren, Zondervan, $19.99 38 6 WHO'S LOOKING OUT FOR YOU? Bill O'Reilly, Broadway, $24.95 4 7 EVERY SECOND COUNTS Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins, Broadway, $24.95 2 8 FLYBOYS: A TRUE STORY OF COURAGE James Bradley, Little, Brown, $25.95 3 9 BUSHWHACKED: LIFE IN GEORGE W. BUSH'S AMERICA Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose, Random House, $24.95 4 10 THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MISTER ROGERS: IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER Fred Rogers, Hyperion, $16.95 2

SOURCE: Publishers weekly, WEEK OF OCT. 13-19, 2003

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''About eleven o'clock, I see a flickering on the staircase. The air is still; then it moves. I raise my head. The air is still again. I know it is my stepfather's ghost coming down.... I am not perturbed. I am used to 'seeing' things that aren't there. Or -- to put it in a way more acceptable to me -- I am used to seeing things that 'aren't there.''' -- From the first chapter of Hilary Mantel's memoir GIVING UP THE GHOST (Henry Holt, $23)

''People think when someone is stabbed they just fall down on the ground and die. Well they don't. When Lennie is found on that morning in the car park on Pier Avenue, they can tell from the mess that she dragged herself around for some time before she gave up.'' -- First lines of Julie Myerson's novel SOMETHING MIGHT HAPPEN (Little, Brown, $23.95)

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