Swedish financial journalist Stieg Larsson wrote the Millennium thriller trilogy in his spare time; the first book was released in his home country shortly before his death in 2004. The final installment, Castles in the Sky, is now #1 in Sweden and the first volume, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is in third place in France. The second volume, The Girl Who Played with Fire, landed at #10 in France. Knopf will publish Tattoo in the U.S. in September and has the rights to the two other books.

Spanish novelist Arturo Perez-Reverte's The Painter of Battles is off to a strong start in the U.S., where Random House released it earlier this month, and his newest, A Day of Rage, debuted at #2 in Spain in December. The historical novel deals with the 1808 rebellion in Madrid against the French occupation. While The Secret remained atop the Spanish nonfiction list, seven of the next nine spots are occupied by new titles. The fourth-place title, The Solitude of the Judge, is a profile of Javier Gomez Bermudez, who presided over the trial of terrorists convicted of bombing a Madrid train station in 2004, written by his wife, Elise Beni. Beni was fired as a spokesperson for a Madrid regional court because she used confidential information supplied by her husband to write the book.

International Bestsellers

Fiction Nonfiction
1 Headache at SchoolDaniel Pennac Gallimard A LifeSimone Veil Stock
2 The Hedgehog's EleganceMuriel Barbery Gallimard What Will They Do with You?Michel Drucker Robert Laffont
3 The Girl with the Dragon TattooStieg Larsson Actes Sud My Favorite Stories Are YouSegolene Royal Grasset
For week ending December 24, used by arrangement with Livres Hebdo.
1 Maruzza MusumeciAndrea Camilleri Sellerio Editore Palermo The Love and the PowerBruno Vespa Mondadori
2 A Journey Across the Economic Empire and the Dreams of the CamorraRoberto Saviano Mondadori World Without EndKen Follett Mondadori
3 On Chesil BeachIan McEwan Einaudi The Indian HopeFederico Rampini Mondadori
For week ending December 24, used by arrangement with Informazioni Editoriali.
Fiction Nonfiction
1 The Boy in the Striped PajamasJohn Boyne Salamandra The SecretRhonda Byrne Urano
2 A Day of RageArturo Perez-Reverte Alfaguara The City That WasFederico Jimenez Lasantos Temas de Hoy
3 The BodegaNoah Gordon Roca The Architecture of DesireJosé Antonio Marina Anagrama
For week ending December 24, used by arrangement with El Cultural.