Fans of Joseph Olshan's 1994 novel Nightswimmer will be glad to know his eighth book has just been published by St. Martin's. The Conversion is narrated by Russell Todaro, a young American translator visiting Paris with his much older boyfriend, Ed Cannon, a renowned poet who dies suddenly, hours after they are attacked in their apartment. While recuperating in a shabby chic villa in Tuscany, Russell realizes people are using him only to get to his boyfriend's long gestating manuscript, now missing. With his expatriates in Europe, literary intrigues, manipulative gentility, and epigraph from "The Lesson of the Master," Olshan seems to be aiming for Henry James territory. That sounds like a stretch; I haven't read it, but I know Henry James would sooner eat his cell phone than name a character whose poems are part of the literary canon Ed Cannon. Quibbles aside, the first mentions in PW and Vogue have been very good and The Conversion was chosen as a BookSense Pick for May.