Don't mistake Ryū Murakami for Haruki. The author of Coin Locker Babies has a penchant for the violently macabre not shared with his more famous namesake. Akin to Patrick McGrath's "New Gothic" style, Ryū's latest plumbs the depths of erotic obsession.

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.