This week’s top o’ the heap. I just finished Michael Connelly’s The Drop and it was, as usual, fabulous. Connelly’s another one of those writers who can basically do no wrong.
1. THE DROP, by Michael Connelly. (Little, Brown & Company.) Harry Bosch of the L.A.P.D. uncovers both the operations of a sadistic killer and a political conspiracy.
2. 11/22/63, by Stephen King. (Scribner.) An English teacher travels back to 1958 by way of a time portal in a Maine diner. His assignment is to stop Lee Harvey Oswald.
3. EXPLOSIVE EIGHTEEN, by Janet Evanovich. (Random House Publishing.) After a disastrous vacation in Hawaii, Stephanie Plum becomes the target of an international killer.
4. THE LITIGATORS, by John Grisham. (Knopf Doubleday Publishing.) Partners in a small law firm take on a big case after a fast-track burnout joins them.
5. KILL ALEX CROSS, by James Patterson. (Little, Brown & Company.) Alex Cross investigates when the president’s children are kidnapped, but the F.BI. and C.I.A. stand in his way.
6. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett. (Penguin Group.) A young white woman and two black maids in 1960s Mississippi.
7. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson. (Knopf Doubleday Publishing.) A hacker and a journalist investigate the disappearance of a Swedish heiress 40 years earlier.
8. THE SCOTTISH PRISONER, by Diana Gabaldon. (Random House Publishing.) Jamie Fraser, a paroled Jacobite prisoner, and Lord John Grey collaborate uneasily on a mission to Ireland.
9. V IS FOR VENGEANCE, by Sue Grafton. (Penguin Group.) Pursuing a shoplifter, Kinsey Millhone discovers that retail crime is run by organized gangs.
10. THE BEST OF ME, by Nicholas Sparks. (Grand Central Publishing.) A man and woman who have gone their separate ways return to their Southern town for the funeral of a friend.