1. The Racketeer, John Grisham. Malcolm Bannister, an imprisoned ex-lawyer, knows who murdered a federal judge. He concocts a scheme to exchange this information for his freedom.
2. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn. A woman disappears on her fifth anniversary; is her husband a killer?
3. Threat Vector, Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney. As China threatens to invade Taiwan, covert intelligence expert Jack Ryan Jr. aids the administration — but his agency is no longer secret.
4. Merry Christmas, Alex Cross, James Patterson. Detective Alex Cross confronts both a hostage situation and a terrorist act at Christmas.
5. The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling. The sudden death of a parish councilman reveals bitter social divisions in an idyllic English town.
1. Killing Kennedy, Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. The host of The O’Reilly Factor recounts the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
2. Thomas Jefferson, Jon Meacham. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist celebrates Jefferson’s skills as a politician.
3. Killing Lincoln, Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. The host of The O’Reilly Factor recounts the events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
4. No Easy Day, Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer. An account by a former member of the Navy SEALs of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.
5. America Again, Stephen Colbert, Richard Dahm, Paul Dinello, Barry Julien, Tom Purcell et al. The mock pundit of Comedy Central’s Colbert Report tells how to bring America back from the brink.
MASS-MARKET PAPER FICTION
1. Safe Haven, Nicholas Sparks. The arrival of a mysterious young woman in a small North Carolina town raises questions about her past.
2. One Shot, Lee Child. Former military investigator Jack Reacher teams with a young defense lawyer to search for a gunman who has killed five people and thrown a heartland city into a state of terror.
3. A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin. In the frozen wastes north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are mustering; Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire.
4. Kill Alex Cross, James Patterson. The president’s children are abducted, and Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene. But someone is using the FBI, Secret Service and CIA to keep him off the case and in the dark.
5. Big Sky River, Linda Lael Miller. With his job, friends and a run-down but decent ranch in Montana, Sheriff Boone Taylor doesn’t want romance. But when a city woman buys the spread next door, his days of peace and quiet are over.
— New York Times
REDBOX TOP DVD RENTALS
1. The Dark Knight Rises
2. Trouble With the Curve
3. Total Recall
5. The Watch
ITUNES TOP SONGS
1. I Knew You Were Trouble, Taylor Swift
2. Locked Out of Heaven, Bruno Mars
3. Ho Hey, The Lumineers
4. Gangnam Style, PSY
5. Home, Phillip Phillips
ITUNES TOP ALBUMS
1. Babel, Mumford & Sons
2. The World from the Side of the Moon, Phillip Phillips
3. Les Misérables: Highlights from the Motion Picture Soundtrack, various artists
4. Take Me Home, One Direction
5. The Lumineers, The Lumineers