Heads You Lose

This ebulliently original novel starts out as your run-of-the-mill caper about orphaned siblings dealing drugs who are compelled to investigate the decapitated corpse left on their lawn. But then the authors, Lisa Lutz and David Hayward, start to quarrel. It's as if Italo Calvino hijacked Don Winslow's Savages, and it's a deliciously head-spinning ride.

July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

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