by Neil S Plakcy

There are three Russian boys at the center of this sexy gay romanceby Neil S. Plakcy.

Alexei Dubernin, the teenaged son of a Russian count longs to paint like his Impressionist idols. This desire brings him in contact with the Russian maestro Fyodor Luschenko in Nice, France, in 1912, as the Russian aristocracy celebrates its last few years of prosperity on the Riviera.

Luschenko paints an erotic portrait of Alexei, called Le Jeune Homme Russe, or The Russian Boy, which is received with scandal, then acclaim. Then, in the present day, the painting is stolen while being restored-- by another Russian boy, an art student in Paris named Dmitri Baranov.

Dmitri’s desperation to remain in Paris after his fellowship ends leads him into unsavory company, bringing him, and the painting, back to the Cote d’Azur, where someone is willing to stop at nothing-- including murder-- to possess this magnificent work of art.

Hard on Dmitri’s trail, and that of the painting, is his boyfriend, American art student Taylor Griffin, and Rowan McNair, a disgraced former professor of art history turned art detective. Partners change, affairs are begun and ended, and dead bodies appear with a disturbing regularity.

In alternating narrations, Alexei, Dmitri, Taylor and Rowan tell the story of the painting, its theft, and a series of love affairs between older men and their younger protégés. By turns sexy, dangerous and romantic, The Russian Boy is a story of love and art that spans the ages.

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Reviews:Roger - president of NBR United - on Good Reads wrote:

I got hooked on Neil Plakcy when I read his Mahu Series. So I was expecting good thing from The Russian Boy. Neil delivered all of my expectations and more. It is hard to write a story that has two different time lines, He made it flow together good. The characters in the modern timeline were well built and acted like real humans a mix of rational and irrational behaivor that was consistant with how they were built.

It is easy to see how poor Dmitri was lead astray by Yegor, even as he did steal the painting "The Russian Boy" his conscience was tugging at him. The setting was describe with an artist sensibility which make sense because three of the main characters were artist or trained as an artist.

As in most mysteries, the body count grew.

It was interesting that both of the young artists fell in love with older men. Dmitri with Albiin a frenchmen living in Nice and an IT specialist, and Taylor with Rowan, An art historian hired to recover the painting.

I can't recommend this book too highly it is a MUST READ!


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