From the author of The Destroyers comes another "delicious literary thriller" (People)A??a twisty story of deception, set in contemporary Venice and featuring a young American couple who have set their sights on a high-stakes con.
When Nick Brink and his boyfriend Clay Guillory meet up on the Grand Canal in Venice, they have a plan in mindA??and it doesnA??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 ClayA??s smarts and NickA??s charm, their scheme is sure to succeed.
As it turns out, tricking a millionaire out of money isnA??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 cityA??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 VeniceA??s soaring aesthetic beauty and its imminent tourist-riddled collapse, Bollen delivers another "seductive and richly atmospheric literary thriller" (New York Times Book Review).
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by Christopher Fowler
"Narrator Tim Paige captures the heightened emotions of two protagonists in this literary thriller set in Venice. Twenty-five-year old Nick and his boyfriend, Clay, have a simple plan: to scam an American retiree out of enough money to fund their fresh start. But as they struggle to relinquish their pasts, the scam, and their lives, begin to spiral out of control. Paige's narration carries the yearning and recklessness of two people caught up in each other and a city. His tone mellows during tender moments between them and becomes frenzied during the tense scenes. His voicing of secondary characters is not as good--his Italian, American, and British accents are inconsistent. Even so, listeners will find this fresh and surprising audiobook hard to put down. L.S. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine"
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