It has been famously said of the Philippines that the nation spent "three hundred years in the convent, and fifty years in Hollywood," as a result of sequential colonial rule by Spain and the USA. Yates's exuberant, rambunctious, and delightfully gonzo first novel might reverse that ratio as it captures the holy libertinism of the island nation in a compelling, unpredictable, fast-paced magical-realist narrative.

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.