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.

April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.