An Accident in August

The unsettling ambiance that still surrounds the death of Princess Diana is distilled down into the person of one imagined spectator in this tenth novel from French author Laurence Cossé, who posits the existence of an enigmatic female witness to the infamous crash. How one woman's life is upended by this chance happening forms the basis of this suspenseful and surprising page-turner that evokes the works of David Cronenberg and J. G. Ballard.

July 28: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin eloped on this day in 1814.

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