Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:
1."Past Tense," by Lee Child (Delacorte: $28.99) Jack Reacher investigates the New England town where his father was born.
2."Dark Sacred Night," by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown: $29) Detectives Harry Bosch and Renee Ballard join forces to solve a cold case in Los Angeles.
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3."The Reckoning," by John Grisham (Doubleday: $29.95) A respected World War II hero guns down a local pastor inside a church in Mississippi.
4."Unsheltered," by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper: $29.99) The predicaments of a contemporary family unmoored by the Great Recession and one a century before on the same street.
5."Nine Perfect Strangers," by Liane Moriarty (Flatiron: $29.95) A romance writer becomes fascinated with the clients and owner of a luxury health resort.
6."Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Meltdown," by Jeff Kinney (Amulet: $13.95) An epic snowball fight continues the Wimpy Kid series.
7."Killing Commendatore," by Haruki Murakami (Knopf: $30) A painter leaves Tokyo and, at a mountain retreat of a more famous artist, enters a surreal world.
8."Where the Crawdads Sing," by Delia Owens (G.P Putnam's Sons: $26) A young woman living on her own in the coastal marshes of North Carolina must engage with the people around her.
9."The Feral Detective," by Jonathan Lethem (Ecco: $26.99) A woman travels to the Southern California desert and hires a strange detective to help her solve a mystery.
10."Long Road to Mercy," by David Baldacci (Grand Central: $29) An FBI agent haunted by the childhood kidnapping of her twin sister confronts a new threat in the remote southwest.