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The destroyers : a novel

by Bollen, Christopher, 1975-

Format: Print Book [2017]
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Summary

An Esquire Best Book of the Year

A Paste Best Novel of the Year

Recommended by the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, TIME, Vogue, Paste, New York Post, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Seattle Times, Yahoo!, Refinery29, BBC, PopSugar, Boston Herald, New York Social Diary, Library Journal, Bookstr, Kirkus

"A seductive and richly atmospheric literary thriller with a sleek Patricia Highsmith surface." --New York Times Book Review

"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

"The Destroyers is one superb novel, a tightly woven and fast-moving narrative set in beautifully crafted prose. A read-all-night of a book." --Alan Furst, author of A Hero of France

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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ian Bledsoe and Charlie Konstantinou, who grew up spoiled rich kids and best friends in New York, invented the game Destroyers, in which they had to escape from black-clad gunmen. Almost 20 years later, Ian needs Charlie's help; he's been cut off by his father and is plagued by inaccurate reports about having been involved in a terrorist bombing. Charlie, whose family owns an international construction company, invites Ian to Patmos, a small Greek island where he lives with former actress Sonny Towsend and runs a small tourist boating company. To sweeten the pot, Charlie has found Ian's former sophomore crush, Louise Wheeler. The island seems enchanting, Louise willing, and Charlie's job offer (while not what Ian had sought) compelling. Then everything goes awry, as Ian learns that little is actually what it appears to be in paradise. While Bollen's plot sometimes strains credibility, his characters are vividly drawn, his prose sometimes sings, and his Greek island setting (called Europe's most idyllic place to live by Forbes in 2009) is intoxicating.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In the third novel from the author of Orient, Ian Bledsoe flies to the Greek island of Patmos, "the quiet island of the Apocalypse," after the death of his father to try to get financial help from his childhood best friend, Charlie Konstantinou. Both young men come from affluent New York families but find themselves in precarious positions with their family inheritances. On the island, Ian meets Charlie's cluster of extravagant friends, including his college girlfriend, vacationing on her summer off from law school. When Charlie offers Ian a job at his yacht company, things begin to start looking up, despite the appearance of more and more dubious individuals, including a group of religious hippies, around the touristy island. Suddenly, Charlie goes missing and it becomes Ian's job to find his friend. Bollen manages to create a novel that is equal parts literary and thrilling. His beautiful sentences linger, and each of his characters have rich, complicated pasts that unfold over time. Though the ending is a bit rushed and leaves some loose threads, the novel ultimately offers a cinematic and insightful reflection on wealth and the horrendous things it can drive people to do, even to the ones they love. Agent: Bill Clegg, the Clegg Agency. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Missing persons -- Fiction.
Patmos (Greece) -- Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Psychological fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :[2017]
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 485 pages : map ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780062329981
0062329987
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