Los Angeles TimesJuly 13, 2014 

Rankings for hard-cover books sold in Southern California, as reported by selected book stores:


1."The Silkworm," by Robert Galbraith (Mulholland Books: $28) The case of a missing novelist whose leaked tell-all manuscript, if published, would ruin lives.

2."The Goldfinch," by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown: $30) A young man clings to a painting years after surviving an explosion at a museum that killed his mother.

3."Midnight in Europe," by Alan Furst (Random House: $27) Set in pre-WWII Europe, a part-time arms dealer is caught in the turmoil of the Spanish Civil War.

4."The Vacationers," by Emma Straub (Riverhead: $26.95) Tensions resurface during a family vacation to Mallorca when secrets come to light.

5."China Dolls," by Lisa See (Random House: $27) The friendship among three women in San Francisco is tested after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

6."Mr. Mercedes," by Stephen King (Scribner: $30) A retired cop hunts for a sociopath who plowed through a crowd in a stolen Mercedes before he kills again.

7."Top Secret Twenty-One," by Janet Evanovich (Bantam: $28) A suspect skips bail forcing bounty hunter Stephanie Plum to use his bookkeeper as bait.

8."I Am Pilgrim," by Terry Hayes (Atria: $26.99) An intelligence agent is pulled out of retirement when an apocalypse-level plot threatens the U.S.

9."Written in My Own Heart's Blood," by Diane Gabaldon (Delacorte: $35) The eighth book in the Outlander time-traveling series picks up in 1778 and 1973.

10."Wonder by R.J. Palacio," (Knopf: $15.99) The trials and triumphs of a 10-year-old boy starting school for the first time.

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