P.M. BRIEFING : ‘Satanic Verses’ Tops Best Seller List

From Times wire services

“The Satanic Verses,” the book that put author Salman Rushdie under a death threat, moved today to the top of the New York Times best seller list.

The newspaper reported that the controversial novel by the British writer, which had held second place for the past three weeks, knocked “Star,” by Danielle Steel, out of the No. 1 spot. The Viking Press novel about two emigres from Bombay who find themselves enacting the roles of good and evil in London was in the No. 2 place for weeks because it had sold out in bookstores nationwide and reorders were unavailable, the newspaper said.

Individual stores, even those who described sales as light, said they are selling 60 to 90 copies a week.