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The Destroyers: A Novel by [Bollen, Christopher]
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“Beautiful people visiting glamorous places, being wicked enough to bring Patricia Highsmith to mind. It just isn’t summer without this kind of globe-trotting glamour to read about, especially when most of it is set in the Aegean. Bollen is stylish enough to know what sells.... Escapism, as calculating as it gets.”   (New York Times)

“A delicious literary thriller.” (People)

“In this Talented Mr. Ripley-esque thriller, you’ll get transported to the remote and dazzling Greek island of Patmos where Europe’s glitzy jet set cavort all summer long.” (Esquire)

“[A] stylish literary study of the games moneyed people play.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“A seductive and richly atmospheric literary thriller with a sleek Patricia Highsmith surface.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Christopher Bollen’s third novel, The Destroyers, was pretty much custom-built for beach reading—lies! Murder! Rich people vacationing on a Greek Island!... He’s a longtime fan of Agatha Christie, which shows in his terrific mystery plotting, but he’s also a beautiful writer of prose and a canny psychologist of his characters.... The ideal summer page-turner.” (Maya Singer,

“A particularly transporting beach read.”  (T Magazine)

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“The perfect literary thriller set under the Grecian sun.” (Refinery29)

“Christopher Bollen’s literary thriller is an exemplar of the form—one of those rare novels that not only embraces all the conventions of its genre but elevates them.” (Paste)

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An Esquire Best Book of the Year

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

Arriving on the stunning Greek island of Patmos, Ian Bledsoe is broke, humiliated, and fleeing the 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 invented as children—a game, he now realizes, they may have never stopped playing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1505 KB
  • Print Length: 501 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (June 27 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M9I1Y7E
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,927 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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