Patricia Highsmith thrilled us in Crete with “The Two Faces of January”; Gerald Durrell breathed life, love and laughter into Corfu with his autobiographical triology. Now Christopher Bollen is the latest in a long line of literary scribes to find inspiration in Greece with his fast-paced new novel “The Destroyers”, which is set on the glamorous island of Patmos and filled with beautifully wicked people.
In his suspenseful thriller, Bollen, who’s been compared with Graham Greene, Highsmith and F.Scott Fitzgerald, reunites two childhood friends, Ian and Charlie. When the former finds himself on life’s ropes, he tracks down rich, exuberant Charlie on Patmos, hoping to share in the success of his latest venture.
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 an underlying darkness, and it isn’t long before the dream begins to fragment. When Charlie suddenly vanishes, Ian finds himself caught up in deception after deception in this lushly-prosed and enthralling drama about identity, power and fate, fathers and sons … and the things we delude ourselves about.
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Insider Weekly, September 13, 2017.