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Author: Christopher Bollen Narrator: Graham Halstead Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2017 ISBN: 9780062682062
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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. . . .

Arriving on the Greek island of Patmos broke and humiliated, Ian Bledsoe is fleeing the emotional and financial 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 played as children—a 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Graham Halstead’s narration of Bollen’s novel is quite an accomplishment. As the main character, Ian Bledsoe, Halstead embodies the voice of a man down on his luck and looking for opportunities…As this thoroughly engrossing audiobook transports listeners to Greece, Bollen handles the expanding cast of international characters subtly and effectively. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “A delicious literary thriller.”


  • “Beautiful people visiting glamorous places, being wicked enough to bring Patricia Highsmith to mind…Escapism, as calculating as it gets.”


  • “A novel that is equal parts literary and thrilling…A cinematic and insightful reflection on wealth and the horrendous things it can drive people to do, even to the ones they love.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Atmospheric…The writing is sharp, languid, and lovely, and the first-person point of view is a narrowly focused beam that eventually grows to encompass the entirety of the island.”

    Library Journal

  • “An eminently worthy heir to Patricia Highsmith…At once gritty, sandy, and silky.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A propulsive, hypnotic portrait of rot at paradise’s heart and of the sprawling, inescapable tendrils of class and avarice.”

    Sophie McManus, author of The Unfortunates

  • AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

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About the Author

Christopher Bollen is the author of The Destroyers, Orient, and Lightning People. He is the editor-at-large at Interview, and his work has appeared in GQ, Artforum, the Believer, and the New York Times, among other publications.

About the Narrator

Graham Halstead, an Earphones Award and Audie Award–winning narrator, is a professionally trained actor and voice artist. As an actor, he has worked internationally in Edinburgh and London, as well as at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. His youthful, easy-flowing voice can be heard on television and radio voicing spots for Airborne and Allegra.