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.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…