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Soul of a Whore and Purvis

The visionary language and resonant humor Denis Johnson has displayed in award-winning novels like Tree of Smoke and Train Dreams are showcased in these two verse plays about desperate characters on both sides of the law.

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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.

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