Christopher Bollen’s A Beautiful Crime Is a Cold-Blooded Yet Seductive Novel
Nick and Clay, the antiheroes of Christopher Bollen’s diabolical, entrancing fourth novel, A Beautiful Crime, are a pair of hustlers in love, fleeing New York for Venice armed with a crafty get-rich-quick scheme that is illegal and almost certainly doomed.
When the two first meet, Nick is a handsome white Midwesterner skating by on his looks and charm, living with and working for his older boyfriend, Ari, a silver dealer with a shrewd eye for men and antiques. At the funeral for a friend of Ari’s, Nick meets Clay, the friend’s heir, a seductive younger Black man Ari believes is up to no good.
Source: The Orpah Magazine