The Tigress of Forlì

In this thrill-a-minute, jaw-dropping biography of Caterina Sforza (1463–1509), female ruler of the province of Forlì, Elizabeth Lev puts us in the shoes of a Renaissance woman wielding unprecedented power. Following Sforza from her youth in the Milanese court through assassination-plagued marriages and a deadly rivalry with the Borgias, Lev charts a bloody, survivalist career for her heroine that will both appall and inspire.

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.