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The 'Truth' Is Out There

These old walls can talk. And psychic interior designer Zoe Luce is listening in ''Truth or Dare,'' the latest suspenser with a romantic twist from Jayne Ann Krentz. Zoe, first introduced in 2002's ''Light in Shadow,'' has a new husband and a new stalker. It's a No. 5 debut on this week's fiction list.

FICTION WEEKS ON LIST

1 THE DA VINCI CODE Dan Brown, Doubleday, $24.95 41 2 THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN Mitch Albom, 14 Hyperion, $19.95 3 THE BIG BAD WOLF James Patterson, Little, Brown, $27.95 6 4 TROJAN ODYSSEY Clive Cussler, Putnam, $27.95 5 5 TRUTH OR DARE Jayne Ann Krentz, Putnam, $24.95 1 6 HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX 28 J.K. Rowling, Scholastic, $29.99 7 BLEACHERS John Grisham, Doubleday, $19.95 16 8 WOLVES OF THE CALLA: THE DARK TOWER, BOOK V 8 Stephen King, Scribner/Grant, $35 9 ODD THOMAS Dean Koontz, Bantam, $26.95 3 10 POMPEII Robert Harris, Random House, $24.95 5

NONFICTION WEEKS ON LIST

1 THE SOUTH BEACH DIET Arthur Agatston, M.D., Rodale, $24.95 38 2 THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE Rick Warren, Zondervan, $19.99 48 3 THE ULTIMATE WEIGHT SOLUTION: THE 7 KEYS TO WEIGHT LOSS 16 FREEDOM Dr. Phil McGraw, Free Press, $26 4 BROKEN MUSIC Sting, Dial, $26 5 5 LIES AND THE LYING LIARS WHO TELL THEM: A FAIR AND 19 BALANCED LOOK AT THE RIGHT Al Franken, Dutton, $24.95 6 DUDE, WHERE'S MY COUNTRY? Michael Moore, Warner, $24.95 12 7 THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MISTER ROGERS: IMPORTANT 10 THINGS TO REMEMBER Fred Rogers, Hyperion, $16.95 8 THE PRESENT: THE GIFT THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY AND SUCCESSFUL 3 AT WORK AND IN LIFE Spencer Johnson, Doubleday, $19.95 9 FLYBOYS: A TRUE STORY OF COURAGE 13 James Bradley, Little, Brown, $25.95 10 WHO'S LOOKING OUT FOR YOU? Bill O'Reilly, Broadway, $24.95 14

SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, WEEK OF DEC. 29, 2003-JAN. 4, 2004

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''I asked my husband out on our first date. That should have indicated to both of us how much gender roles -- and their subversion -- would play in our relationship, but we didn't have a clue.... My call had interrupted him doing his makeup: he held the phone in one hand and an eyeliner pencil in the other while listening to me stutter and stammer. He hadn't dated in years and knew full well that crossdressing was the main reason.'' -- From the introduction of Helen Boyd's memoir of her marriage to a transgendered man, MY HUSBAND BETTY (Thunder's Mouth, $16.95)

''She knew there were no monsters. And yet, when the lights were out, she also knew that there were. It's why she screamed when she heard the footsteps. There was a quick flurry, someone running -- no, darting, that's the way it sounded, definitely darting -- and then there was a crash, glass being shattered, a piece of pipe, perhaps, swung against the ugly overhanging fluorescent light.'' -- First lines of Russell Andrews' thriller APHRODITE (Mysterious, $23.95)

Originally posted Jan 23, 2004 Published in issue #747-748 Jan 23, 2004 Order article reprints
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