West of Here

Jonathan Evison's ambitious, absorbing novel proves that a small town harbors all the emotional scope needed to fuel fiction on an epic scale. Set on the Olympic Peninsula in the Pacific Northwest, this satisfying creation is vivid with history, culture, and human stories that stretch from the last decade of the 19th century to the first decade of the 21st.

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.