Orient: A Novel

Orient: A Novel

by Christopher Bollen


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Orient: A Novel by Christopher Bollen

Amazon Best Mystery of 2015

A gripping novel of culture clash and murder: as summer draws to a close, a small Long Island town is gripped by a series of mysterious deaths—and one young man, a loner taken in by a local, tries to piece together the crimes before his own time runs out.

Orient is an isolated town on the north fork of Long Island, its future as a historic village newly threatened by the arrival of wealthy transplants from Manhattan—many of them artists. One late summer morning, the body of a local caretaker is found in the open water; the same day, a monstrous animal corpse is found on the beach, presumed a casualty from a nearby research lab. With rumors flying, eyes turn to Mills Chevern—a tumbleweed orphan newly arrived in town from the west with no ties and a hazy history. As the deaths continue and fear in town escalates, Mills is enlisted by Beth, an Orient native in retreat from Manhattan, to help her uncover the truth. With the clock ticking, Mills and Beth struggle to find answers, faced with a killer they may not be able to outsmart.

Rich with character and incident, yet deeply suspenseful, Orient marks the emergence of a novelist of enormous talent.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062329967
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/17/2016
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 493,517
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

Christopher Bollen is the author of Orient, which was an NPR Best Book of the Year, and the critically acclaimed Lightning People. He is the editor at large of Interview magazine. His work has appeared in GQ, the New York Times, New York magazine, and Artforum, among other publications. He lives in New York City.

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Orient 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Twink More than 1 year ago
I love book covers - imagining what the story might be from the image(s) chosen before I even turn a page. The cover of Christopher Bollen's new book, Orient, grabbed me from the first glance - the colors, that stormy sky, the ominous looking lighthouse - and a great opening prologue.... "When people try to picture me, they undoubtedly recall only the last time they saw me, just before I went missing. There's been a lot of speculation about the night I left the Far North Fork of Long Island - how a nineteen-year old wanted for questioning in a string of murders managed to elude police and vigilant local drivers..." The small town of Orient is separated from the mainland by geography, but also by the desire of the inhabitants to just 'leave things be'. Change is not necessary. But it's a beautiful place to live - and a number of 'outsiders' have discovered Orient. One of those native sons brings home Mills, a 'stray' to help him with some home cleanup. And the first body turns up not long after that. That idyllic veneer is paper thin - the town is seething with secrets, recriminations and personal agendas. And then there's that secret government facility on a neighboring island. As I read, I was continually kept off balance - I had no idea what to expect and could not predict where Bollen's tale was going to go. The characters, their actions and their thoughts had me feeling distinctly unsettled - quite frankly I found most of the players to be unlikable, including Mills, who seems to be at the center of things, even though he is a newcomer. But, I couldn't put the book down - I wanted to know who the killer was and what the motive was. I really appreciate an author that can keep me engaged and off kilter. The final whodunit was not what (or who) I expected at all. Bollen's mystery is well plotted, but it is the smoldering tensions and the duplicitous and self-oriented characters that were the stand out for me. "Fear was viral, airborne, contagious. It opened doors for him. It allowed him to touch things that weren't his." Delicious. Orient is a chunkster, coming in at over 600 pages - and this reader enjoyed every one.
Kensi More than 1 year ago
I, too, was drawn to the almost haunting cover artwork of the novel and the overview sounded good.  This was a taut tale with well-drawn characters and an almost claustrophobic setting that served to force the characters to confront one another.  As the story built I couldn't put this e-book down.  I had it open when I was at the doctor's office and having breakfast!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There was a few slow points in this book but don't let that stop you from reading it. It was a great small-town mystery between close knit neighbors and who they consider as outsiders. The last 100 pages I couldn't put it down!
Chowbell More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. It was a well-written story and a good mystery. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author let me know Mills and Beth but not the killer. I like to be able to get into the killers head and that didn't happen until the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a slow read and you can get lost in the plot development but very welk written.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am only on page 300, still don't understand why she married this guy in the first place