The Destroyers: A Novel
- Publish Date: 2017-06-27
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Christopher Bollen
A smart, sophisticated literary thriller. âJay 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. âGarth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You
âThe Destroyers is one superb novel, a tightly woven and fast-moving narrative set in beautifully crafted prose. A read-all-night of a book.â âAlan Furst, author of A Hero of France
When Charlie and I were young, we played a game called Â 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 fatherâs death. His childhood friend Charlieârich, exuberant, and basking in the success of his new venture on the islandâcould be his last hope.
At first Patmos appears to be a dreamâlong sun-soaked days on Charlieâs yacht and the reappearance of a girlfriend from Ianâs pastâand Charlie readily offers Ian the lifeline he so desperately needs. But, like Charlie himself, this beautiful island conceals a darkness beneath, and it isnât 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 friendâs wake, he is reminded of an imaginary game called Destroyers they played as childrenâa 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.