The Right Way to Do Wrong

Did you ever know that famed stage magician Harry Houdini once collaborated on a story with H. P. Lovecraft? It's true! The wiry, wily entertainer also possessed a talent for words, never more visible than in his book-length study of rogues, eccentrics, and fellow prestidigitators reprinted here. "The truth seems to be that when a lovely woman stoops to crime, she usually goes to the greatest lengths of iniquity...." If you can resist sentences and themes of this nature, then even an introduction by silent stage wizard Teller might not be enough to lure you in.


July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

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