House of Prayer No. 2

Novelist Mark Richard (Fishboy) proves with this hypnotic memoir that his own life possesses the Southern Gothic allure of any tale by Faulkner or O'Connor. Crippled and ostracized as a youth, Richard embarks on a dark odyssey of Jim-Thompson magnitude.

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

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