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The Destroyers: A Novel
     

The Destroyers: A Novel

by Christopher Bollen
 

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"A smart, sophisticated literary thriller."—Jay McInerney, author of Bright, Precious Days

"Equal parts Graham Greene, Patricia Highsmith, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Destroyers is at once lyrical and suspenseful, thoughtful and riveting."—Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to

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"A smart, sophisticated literary thriller."—Jay McInerney, author of Bright, Precious Days

"Equal parts Graham Greene, Patricia Highsmith, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Destroyers is at once lyrical and suspenseful, thoughtful and riveting."—Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You

"Possessed of both cold-blooded electricity and a beguiling elegance, The Destroyers enfolds. A propulsive, hypnotic portrait of rot at paradise’s heart and of the sprawling, inescapable tendrils of class and avarice."—Sophie McManus, author of The Unfortunates

When Charlie and I were young, we played a game called  Destroyers. . . . We were sharpening our instincts, jettisoning attachments. We were honing strategies for survival. . . .

Arriving on the Greek island of Patmos broke and humiliated, Ian Bledsoe is fleeing the emotional and financial fallout from his father’s death. His childhood friend Charlie—rich, exuberant, and basking in the success of his new venture on the island—could be his last hope.

At first Patmos appears to be a dream—long sun-soaked days on Charlie’s yacht and the reappearance of a girlfriend from Ian’s past—and Charlie readily offers Ian the lifeline he so desperately needs. But, like Charlie himself, this beautiful island conceals a darkness beneath, and it isn’t long before the dream begins to fragment. When Charlie suddenly vanishes, Ian finds himself caught up in deception after deception. As he grapples with the turmoil left in his friend’s wake, he is reminded of an imaginary game called Destroyers they played as children—a game, he now realizes, they may have never stopped playing.

An enthralling odyssey and a gripping, expansive drama, The Destroyers is a vivid and suspenseful story of identity, power and fate, fathers and sons, and self-invention and self-deception, from a writer at the very height of his powers.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times
“Engrossing….[t]he characters are drawn in vivid detail, and the atmosphere is thickly enveloping.”
USA Today
“A gorgeously written book whose literary chops are beyond doubt. Come for the prose, and stay for the murders.”
on Orient People
“This is beach reading that’s as intelligent as it is absorbing.”
Jay McInerney
The Destroyers is a smart, sophisticated literary thriller; for all its originality, it invokes the shades of Lawrence Durrell and Graham Greene.”
Garth Greenwell
“With the swiftness of a thriller and the density of art, Christopher Bollen’s new novel explores the sting of disgrace and the dangerous lure of redemption. Equal parts Graham Greene, Patricia Highsmith, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Destroyers is at once lyrical and suspenseful, thoughtful and riveting.”
Sophie McManus
“Possessed of both The Talented Mr.Ripley’s cold-blooded electricity and a beguiling elegance, The Destroyers enfolds. A propulsive, hypnotic portrait of rot at paradise’s heart and of the sprawling, inescapable tendrils of class and avarice.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062329981
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/27/2017
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.45(d)

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Meet the Author

Christopher Bollen is an editor at large for Interview magazine. He is the author of the novel Lightning People, and his work has appeared in GQ, the New York Times, the Believer, and Artforum, among other publications. He lives in New York.