A Beautiful Crime


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About the Author

Christopher Bollen is the author of Orient, which was an NPR Best Book of the Year, and the critically acclaimed Lightning People. He is the editor at large of Interview magazine. His work has appeared in GQ, the New York Times, New York magazine, and Artforum, among other publications. He lives in New York City.


"Like Venice itself, A Beautiful Crime is full of twists and shadows and intrigue - an irresistible and stylish novel in which I found myself thrillingly lost. A master of suspense, Bollen seduces the reader not with tricks, but with beguiling, multi-layered main characters whose flaws are as compelling and relatable as their virtues. I loved every moment in their company."--Christopher Castellani, author of Leading Men
"Extraordinary. A razor wrapped in silk, a cocktail spiked with poison -- a novel both sophisticated and savage, inviting and dangerous. Death in Venice? You have no idea."--A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window
"Compelling... deftly paced and plotted with a beautifully realized setting that brings Venice to vivid life."--Booklist
"A smart, fast-paced, Highsmith-y novel full of con men, crumbling palazzos, and sentences so sharp they'll cut you. It made me want to pack a bag and flee to Venice, while looking over my shoulder the whole way."--David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl
"Fans of Patricia Highsmith's subtly insidious mysteries will find dark delight in this caper by the talented Mr. Bollen."--Oprah.com
"AndrΓ© Aciman meets Patricia Highsmith in this satisfying exercise in literary crime... Fans of crime fiction will delight in this marriage of knowing aestheticism and old-fashioned mayhem."--Kirkus, starred review
"Stunning."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A thrilling story of passion and deception... Can two good people pull off a con full of deceit and fraud? It's a question that persists all the way to the book's end, maintaining an incessant, fearsome tension, like holding your breath underwater.... Like the city itself, A Beautiful Crime is worth losing yourself in."--Chika Gujarathi, Bookpage, starred review
"First-rate entertainment."--Library Journal
"Haunting, atmospheric, and enigmatic."--Crimereads
"A brilliantly conceived international crime story with two complex, queer characters at its center. If you never thought the world of counterfeit antiques could keep you on the edge of your seat, think again. It's as complex and engrossing as 'The Talented Mr. Ripley, ' but don't be surprised when in the midst of the intrigue, the story breaks your heart. We wanted to follow these characters over and around the canals of Venice to see where they'd end up next."--Good Morning America
"Intricately plotted and elegantly structured.... Bollen captures Venice in all its decadence, art-rich history and ineluctable decay.... His language is simultaneously inviting and forbidding -- accessible, playful, and then suddenly, shockingly brilliant.... What makes A Beautiful Crime work so well is how much empathy Bollen affords his characters."--Newsday
"Deliciously diabolical...What makes the crime in Bollen's stylish new novel so beautiful is that the perps' plan works out even better than they'd hoped--at least for a while...A skilled purveyor of suspense...Bollen's wit sparkles on almost every page."--Washington Post
"Entrancing.... Patricia Highsmith by way of Alan Hollinghurst: morally gray, utterly mesmerizing, and intensely erotic. Beginning with his 2011 debut, Lightning People, Bollen has displayed a fascination with how power works in America; his newest is an astute meditation on the ways financial inequality and racism affect one's sense of identity and interactions with others--including romantic partners."--Alexander Chee, O: The Oprah Magazine
"Elegant."--New York Times Book Review