Guilty Pleasures

If the bookies at Ladbroke’s of London took bets on win, place, show on the best-seller lists this fall, we’d put our money on these four reviewproof authors. Horrormeister Stephen King is back with From a Buick 8 (Scribner; September), another story about a malevolent car. (It was conceived before but written after the writer’s horrific auto accident.)

Scott Turow, virtuoso of the legal thriller, returns to his fictional Chicago territory, Kindle County, with the surefire Reversible Errors (Farrar, Straus & Giroux; November), a death-penalty case featuring two sad-eyed-adult love affairs.

Anna Quindlen, the queen of the upscale weepie, bestows her Blessings (Random House; September), a novel about an abandoned baby found on a sprawling, rural estate.

And finally, Martin Cruz Smith, a.k.a. Mr. Espionage, unleashes December 6 (Simon & Schuster; October), a tale set in Japan the day before Pearl Harbor. The twisty story about an expat American con man echoes and portends the bungles and might-have-beens of September 11.

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Guilty Pleasures