Nat Tate

The marvelous Scottish novelist William Boyd (A Good Man in Africa; Brazzaville Beach; Any Human Heart) here invents an artist and chronicles his entire life and career in a magnificent hoax of a book, which skewers the pretensions of the art world in a manner more ingenious than Tom Wolfe's The Painted Word. Delightfully clever and wonderfully engaging.

July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

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