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Apr. 30 Paperback Fiction Bestsellers

Paperback Fiction Bestsellers

1. THE DA VINCI CODE by Dan Brown. (Anchor, $14.95 and $7.99; Broadway special illustrated edition, $22.95.) A murder at the Louvre leads to a trail of clues found in the work of Leonardo and to the discovery of a secret society.
2. DARK DEMON by Christine Feehan. (Jove, $9.99.) A vampire slayer faces a mysterious woman whose talents rival his own.
3. NO PLACE LIKE HOME by Mary Higgins Clark. (Pocket, $9.99.) A woman who is trying to conceal her past becomes the target of a killer.
4. COUNTDOWN by Iris Johansen. (Bantam, $7.99.) A murderer stalks a young woman--the adopted daughter of the forensic sculptor Eve Duncan.
5. TIME AND AGAIN by Nora Roberts. (Silhouette, $7.99.) Two previously published tales of a time traveler who falls in love.
6. ANGELS & DEMONS by Dan Brown. (Pocket Star, $7.99.) A Harvard scholar tries to save the Vatican from the machinations of an underground society.
7. THE MERMAID CHAIR by Sue Monk Kidd. (Penguin, $14.) On Egret Island, off the coast of South Carolina, a married woman is strongly attracted to a monk.
8. BUMP IN THE NIGHT by J. D. Robb et al. (Jove, $7.99.) Four stories of the paranormal by various authors, and Nora Roberts, writing pseudonymously.
9. DECEPTION POINT by Dan Brown. (Pocket, $9.99 and $7.99.) An intelligence analyst is sent to the Arctic on a special assignment by the White House.
10. RAGE by Jonathan Kellerman. (Ballantine, $7.99.) The psychologist-detective Alex Delaware tries to figure out who murdered a young man who had spent time behind bars for killing a child when he was a teenager.
11. KILL THE MESSENGER by Tami Hoag. (Bantam, $7.99.) A bicycle messenger becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a sleazy Los Angeles defense attorney.
12. ONE SHOT by Lee Child. (Dell, $7.99.) The former military investigator Jack Reacher helps search for a gunman who killed five people on a city street.
13. SWORD OF DARKNESS by Kinley MacGregor. (Avon, $6.99.) A woman threatens the dark king who lays claim to Arthur's Round Table; by the author who also writes as Sherrilyn Kenyon.
14. THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN by Mitch Albom. (Hyperion, $12.) An old man who died trying to rescue a girl finds all is explained in the afterlife.
15. THE KITE RUNNER by Khaled Hosseini. (Riverhead, $14.) A young Afghan-American returns to find out what happened to a friend under the Taliban.

Rankings reflect sales, for the week ending April 1, at almost 4,000 bookstores plus wholesalers serving 60,000 other retailers, statistically weighted to represent all such outlets.

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