The Inheritor's Powder

An engrossing history that recounts the popularity of arsenic poisoning in the early 19th century, and its enormous influence on the future of forensic toxicology.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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…