Echoes of ‘Mr. Ripley’ in Christopher Bollen’s novel ‘A Beautiful Crime’

'A Beautiful Crime'

‘A Beautiful Crime’ by Christopher Bollen, HarperCollins, 2020, 377 pages, $28.99

“A Beautiful Crime,” the new suspense novel from Christopher Bollen, is as beautifully sophisticated as it is criminally convoluted. 

The novel owes a great deal to the five wry Ripley novels of Patricia Highsmith. In fact, the novel is set, in part, in Venice, the site of much of the best of Highsmith’s “The Talented Mr. Ripley.”