Crimes in Southern Indiana: Stories

Combining Jim Thompson-level darkness with Richard Ford-style insights into character and place, Frank Bill delivers a set of stories that dive into an economically depressed Midwest-via-Dante, chronicling a desperate realm of drug deals, murders, and familial bitterness. These are the rural noir tales behind the missing headlines the mainstream media won't print.

April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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…