Books: Hot Books for the Fall

With a boom-or-bust mentality gripping the book industry, publishers are nervously fielding their entries for the fall's best-seller sweepstakes. Some name-brand authors can't miss. Others, even those with high critical marks, will find their efforts in remainder bins. Art, like life, isn't fair. Here is a selection of sure things and possible surprises for the coming season.

BEST SELLERS: Lady Boss by Jackie Collins -- The latest Hollywood antics of a daughter to the Mob. The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough -- 110 B.C. and all that. Four Past Midnight by Stephen King -- Novellas from the horror master....

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