Don’t let summer slip past without checking out a great literary thriller just perfect for the season’s heat. I reviewed Christopher Bollen’s The Destroyers for the Washington Post—a big, dense book (I always think slimmer volumes for beach reading, I’ll admit) but one I greatly admired and enjoyed. Here’s an excerpt from the review:
Christopher Bollen, editor-at-large at Interview magazine, reveals a graceful prose style in his literary thriller “The Destroyers.” Sharp imagery and incisive descriptions bring to life both the Greek island of Patmos and the moneyed class laying claim to it: tourists “lingering between states of hangover and hunger,” “ochre bodies fashionably starved” and dancers swaying in “slow, narcotic movements.” Heat pours through “the white hole of noon,” and on the Aegean, “darkened yachts look like flies crawling on raw, blue meat.”
As the images and commentary suggest, paradise isn’t quite what it seems….