A Gambling Man

A portrait of a king (Charles II) and his era (the Restoration) as rich and delightful as Uglow's earlier The Lunar Men. History does not get much more absorbing than this.

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.