‘The Destroyers is a smart, sophisticated literary thriller; for all its originality, it invokes the shades of Lawrence Durrell and Graham Greene’ Jay McInerney, author of Bright, Precious Days 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 …
Ian Bledsoe is on the run, broke and humiliated, fleeing the emotional and financial fallout of his father’s death. His childhood friend Charlie – rich, exuberant and basking in life on the Greek island of Patmos – is his last hope. At first, Patmos is like a dream – sun-soaked days on Charlie’s yacht and the reappearance of a girlfriend from Ian’s past – and Charlie readily offers the lifeline he desperately needs.
But, like Charlie himself, this beautiful island conceals a darkness beneath. When he vanishes leaving behind his murky business affairs, Ian finds himself caught in a terrifying labyrinth of deceits. As boys, the pair played a game called Destroyers – a game, he now realizes, they may never have stopped playing. Expansive, vivid and suspenseful, in the vein of Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, The Destroyers is a mesmerizing drama of power and fate, fathers and sons, self-invention and self-deception.
‘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 ‘Superb, a tightly woven and fast-moving narrative set in beautifully crafted prose. A read-all-night book’ Alan Furst, author of The Foreign Correspondent
About the author
Christopher Bollen is an editor at large for Interview magazine. He is the author of two novels: Lightening People and Orient, and his work has appeared in GQ, the New York Times, the Believer, and Artforum among other publications. He lives in New York.