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 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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…