A Beautiful Crime

A Beautiful Crime Review

From the author of The Destroyers comes an "intricately plotted and elegantly structured" (Newsday) story of intrigue and deception, set in contemporary Venice and featuring a young American couple who have set their sights on a risky con.


“Stylish… a compelling take on the eternal question of how good people morph into criminals. Terrific.”People, Book of the Week

When Nick Brink and his boyfriend Clay Guillory meet up on the Grand Canal in Venice, they have a plan in mind—and it doesn’t involve a vacation. Nick and Clay are running away from their turbulent lives in New York City, each desperate for a happier, freer future someplace else. Their method of escape? Selling a collection of counterfeit antiques to a brash, unsuspecting American living out his retirement years in a grand palazzo. With Clay’s smarts and Nick’s charm, their scheme is sure to succeed.

As it turns out, tricking a millionaire out of money isn’t as easy as it seems, especially when Clay and Nick let greed get the best of them. As Nick falls under the spell of the city’s decrepit magic, Clay comes to terms with personal loss and the price of letting go of the past. Their future awaits, but it is built on disastrous deceits, and more than one life stands in the way of their dreams.

A Beautiful Crime is a twisty grifter novel with a thriller running through its veins. But it is also a meditation on love, class, race, sexuality, and the legacy of bohemian culture. Tacking between Venice’s soaring aesthetic beauty and its imminent tourist-riddled collapse, Bollen delivers a "brilliantly conceived international crime story" (Good Morning America).

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    A Beautiful Crime Reviews

  • Dennis

    First things first, if you're interested in a thriller, but are squeamish or get scared easily, this book is for you. It's not scary nor is it gruesome, but it is good. A Beautiful Crime is my first...

  • Anna Luce

    ★★★★✰ 4.25 starsA Beautiful Crime is a tantalisingly suspenseful part thriller part romance, one that brilliantly captures the landscape, aesthetics, and politics of Venice. The love of the ...

  • Jill

    Take Patricia Highsmiths Mr. Ripley and mix well with John Berendts City of Fallen Angels and you have a taste of what awaits you with Christopher Bollens latest novel.At its heart, its a heartfelt od...

  • Laura Peden

    A Beautiful Crime is a twisty, smart M/M heist thriller. The first half was a bit confusing for me due to going back & forth in time and all the different characters but it doesnt take too long to sha...

  • John

    This book really grabbed my attention & held on from start to finish. I wanted to give it 5 stars but there were two plot holes that just bagged at me though its still a really good read....

  • switterbug (Betsey)

    What attracts me to Christopher Bollen is his tensile literary thrillers. THE DESTROYERS and LIGHTNING PEOPLE were standouts of dramatic and suspenseful plots with prose to match them, and kept me fas...

  • Erik

    Like a five course meal in which each course leaves you both reflecting on what's passed and eager for what's to come, Christopher Bollen's "A Beautiful Crime," is the queer suspense novel I didn't kn...

  • Naty

    I received an advanced copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.My first ARC finished this year! And a really good one, too. This book is a wonderful mystery to read in a rainy afternoon - ...

  • Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller

    Its risky to write a novel set in Venice. Eminent literary shades --- Thomas Mann, Henry James, Daphne du Maurier, Patricia Highsmith --- inevitably gather, setting up echoes and comparisons: DEATH IN...

  • stardust

    This had everything I wanted: - Boyfriends scamming nasty rich people in Venice- Deep queer friendships and solidarity- Commentary in poverty, racism, globalization, the preserving of art...- Atmosphe...