Published: December 26, 2004

1 ANGELS & DEMONS, by Dan Brown. (Pocket Star, $7.99.) A Harvard scholar tries to save the Vatican from the machinations of an underground society. 75
2 SKIPPING CHRISTMAS, by John Grisham. (Dell, $6.99.) A husband and wife discover that their decision to forgo Christmas one year comes with consequences. 9
3 BLUE DAHLIA, by Nora Roberts. (Jove, $7.99.) A young widow takes a job at a nursery and finds friendship and, to her surprise, love; but an interfering ghost disapproves. 7
4 THE KITE RUNNER, by Khaled Hosseini. (Riverhead, $14.) A young Afghan-American returns to find out what happened to a friend under the Taliban. 14
5 REUNION, by Nora Roberts. (Silhouette, $7.99.) Reprints ''Once More With Feeling'' (1983) and ''Treasures Lost, Treasures Found'' (1986). 2
6 TROJAN ODYSSEY, by Clive Cussler. (Berkley, $7.99.) Dirk Pitt and his two grown children investigate oceanic mysteries off the coast of Nicaragua. 2
7 THE CONSPIRACY CLUB, by Jonathan Kellerman. (Ballantine, $7.99.) A hospital psychologist searches for the serial killer who murdered his girlfriend. 3
8 DECEPTION POINT, by Dan Brown. (Pocket Books, $7.99.) An intelligence analyst is sent to the Arctic on a special assignment by the White House. 48
9 THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, by Mark Haddon. (Vintage Contemporaries, $12.) A 15-year-old autistic savant sets out to solve the mystery of a neighbor's dead poodle. 26
10 TOM CLANCY'S SPLINTER CELL, by David Michaels. (Berkley, $7.99.) Sam Fisher is part of a daring intelligence initiative. 1
11 THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN, by David Baldacci. (Warner, $5.99.) A disillusioned journalist goes on a journey of self-discovery during the holidays. 7
12 ODD THOMAS, by Dean Koontz. (Bantam, $7.99.) A short-order cook who can communicate with the dead receives a portent of impending catastrophe. 7
13 THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES, by Sue Monk Kidd. (Penguin, $14.) In South Carolina in 1964, a teenage girl tries to discover the secret to her mother's past. 77
14 THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE, by Audrey Niffenegger. (Harvest/Harcourt, $14.) A woman marries a man who suffers from Chrono-Displacement Disorder, which sends him back and forth in time. 2
15 DIGITAL FORTRESS, by Dan Brown. (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's, $14.95 and $7.99.) A cryptographer at the N.S.A. breaks a mysterious code. 33
16 ON A SNOWY NIGHT, by Debbie Macomber. (Mira, $6.99.) Reprints "The Christmas Basket" (2002) and "The Snow Bride" (2003). 3

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17 THE SIGHT OF THE STARS, by Belva Plain. (Dell, $7.99.)
18 IN HER SHOES, by Jennifer Weiner. (Pocket Star/Washington Square, $14.) GOOD IN BED
19 LATE FOR THE WEDDING, by Amanda Quick. (Bantam, $7.99.)
20 A VISIT FROM SIR NICHOLAS, by Victoria Alexander. (Avon, $6.99.)
21 THE BIG BAD WOLF, by James Patterson. (Warner, $7.99.)
22 COLD FIRE, by Dean Koontz. (Berkley, $7.99.)
23 THE GOOD EARTH, by Pearl S. Buck. (Washington Square, $14.)
24 GLORIOUS APPEARING, by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. (Tyndale, $14.99.)
25 THE MURDER ROOM, by P. D. James. (Vintage, $13.95.)
26 TRUE COLORS, by Diana Palmer. (Harlequin, $6.99.)
27 THE SINISTER PIG, by Tony Hillerman. (HarperTorch, $7.99.)
28 DEATH IS FOREVER, by Elizabeth Lowell. (Avon, $7.99.)
29 EMMA'S SECRET, by Barbara Taylor Bradford. (St. Martin's, $7.99.)
30 THE BIRTH OF VENUS, by Sarah Dunant. (Random House, $13.95.)
31 SECONDHAND BRIDE, by Linda Lael Miller. (Pocket Books, $7.99.)
32 ALWAYS, by Jude Deveraux. (Pocket Books, $7.99.)
33 THE KNOWN WORLD, by Edward R. Jones. (Amistad, $13.95.)
34 SPLIT SECOND, by David Baldacci. (Warner Vision, $7.99.)
35 LIFE OF PI, by Yann Martel. (Harvest/Harcourt, $14.)

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