January 25, 1999 12:00 PM

>THE MIDNIGHT HOUR Karen Robards A tale of stalking and romantic intrigue set in a placid Ohio suburb, from the best-selling author of Hunter’s Moon and The Senator’s Wife. (Delacorte, $24.95)

ON SUNSET BOULEVARD Ed Sikov Engaging bio of Billy Wilder, the brilliant screenwriter and director who gave us Some Like It Hot and Double Indemnity. (Hyperion, $35)

THE ORCHID THIEF Susan Orlean The delicate beauty of exotic blossoms inspires eccentric collectors and swamp-smart suppliers alike in this true-life South Florida smuggling mystery. (Random House, $25)

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