Andrew Grey’s Artistic Pursuits is a gay romance between FBI Detective Frank Jennings and Interpol Agent Leslie Carlton. The two men come together in the aftermath of a high stakes art theft of three fabulous Tiffany windows. Their attraction is powerful and immediate. While their chasing down leads and rounding up suspects, Frank and Les find themselves dealing with strong and unprofessional feelings for each other.
Grey weaves a taught tale; managing to keep the heist front and center of Artistic Pursuits while never losing focus on the budding relationship between Frank and Les. He deals with the mechanics of working on high-profile crimes, as well as the politics involved with much skill. The pacing in Artistic Pursuits is fast, but smooth.
Frank and Les move on the stage with purpose, both demonstrating skill as investigators pursuing their nemesis. It’s entertaining to watch them plot strategy over the case and maneuver through the pitfalls of a new romance.
Artistic Pursuits is part of a series, but it stands alone with rich characterization. Grey is a good storyteller and Artistic Pursuits is a good story. The scenes between Frank and Les are genuine, as well as the interchanges between Frank and his co-workers. This is definitely worth 4 stars.