- By Christopher Bollen


  • Title: Orient
  • Author: Christopher Bollen
  • ISBN: 9780062329950
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Orient A gripping novel of culture clash and murder as summer draws to a close a small Long Island town is gripped by a series of mysterious deaths and one young man a loner taken in by a local tries to p

    A gripping novel of culture clash and murder as summer draws to a close, a small Long Island town is gripped by a series of mysterious deaths and one young man, a loner taken in by a local, tries to piece together the crimes before his own time runs outOrient is an isolated town on the north fork of Long Island, its future as a historic village newly threatened by the arrA gripping novel of culture clash and murder as summer draws to a close, a small Long Island town is gripped by a series of mysterious deaths and one young man, a loner taken in by a local, tries to piece together the crimes before his own time runs outOrient is an isolated town on the north fork of Long Island, its future as a historic village newly threatened by the arrival of wealthy transplants from Manhattan many of them artists One late summer morning, the body of a local caretaker is found in the open water the same day, a monstrous animal corpse is found on the beach, presumed a casualty from a nearby research lab With rumors flying, eyes turn to Mills Chevern a tumbleweed orphan newly arrived in town from the west with no ties and a hazy history As the deaths continue and fear in town escalates, Mills is enlisted by Beth, an Orient native in retreat from Manhattan, to help her uncover the truth With the clock ticking, Mills and Beth struggle to find answers, faced with a killer they may not be able to outsmart Rich with character and incident, yet deeply suspenseful, Orient marks the emergence of a novelist of enormous talent.

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    1. AudibleBRILLIANT!!!IF YOU UNDERSTAND/LIKE/APPRECIATE/ESTIMATE A WELL SOPHISTICATED, COMPLEX, INGENIOUS, MULTI-LAYERED INTELLIGENT MYSTERY you have to read itAudible:21 hrs 37 minThe reasons I wanted to read this book were: THIS BOOK IS A FINALIST of the 28th Lambda in the category GAY FICTIONIS REVIEW on The reason I chosen an audio book:I listened to a sample and I loved the narrator I looked for an audio book and I wanted as much as I can get. 21 hours and 37 min sounded like the most I could [...]

    2. This novel is a literary mystery, which is simply another way of saying that it is extremely well written, with well rounded characters and a very interesting setting. Orient is a small community outside of New York. Not as exclusive as the Hamptons, the residents who live here year round are still resentful of those who have second homes there – especially artists, who have spread the word and are pushing locals out of the housing market. Two residents straddle both communities. One is Paul B [...]

    3. A literary mystery, heavy on literary with the mystery pulling together the last quarter of the book. I have never read a novel with such well developed characters. You are privy to personalities, thoughts, psyche. Backgrounds revealed providing comprehensive development. The small close knit town of Orient is fully presented in minute particulars. You'll feel as if you're looming above silently absorbing the residents in the private unaccepting community to outsiders as the epic story unleashes [...]

    4. A bloody good one!Acute observation of humans, what makes them tick, their fragile hopes, their ugly little thoughts, their petty little deeds, their great endeavours, their little desperate touching of one another, their greed, their love, their hate. Bollen captures us and puts us in a closed-in claustrophobic atmosphere, an atmosphere which turns deadly, where he draws a picture with one hand and furiously rubs it away with the other to create another picture, and another and another until I' [...]

    5. To maintain such wonder, joy and discovery for over 600 pages, and then to hit the reader with a sledgehammer of an ending it feels like your heart is going to burst from bittersweet agony Christopher Bollen is either a saint or a devil. Maybe both.It is a tried-and-tested formula whereby an author casts his omniscient gaze on a specific community and its inhabitants, warts and all. Here Bollen inhabits the real island setting of Orient in New York with a cast of long-time residents and itineran [...]

    6. Character driven literary crime novel - one with a whole plethora of intriguing characters. One I picked up on a whim whilst in Waterstones, it was very excellent.Fuller review to follow.

    7. Long, long book. Extreme character development. Are all artists starving and drunks? I was hoping for great mystery and some recognition of the town of Orient. The story could have taken place anywhere. I think the author should have spent more time in this town if he names the book after it. Not worth the 609 pages.

    8. My 5th book in my second Mr B's Reading Year. Ok, let's start with a couple of simple points. This book is long and the pace is slow. It is character and landscape driven. So if you are looking for a fast paced thriller move on. Having said that, I loved it. I think it helped that I was on holiday and able to devote the time to it. I was beguiled by the characters and the town of Orient. I could see it and then so clearly and was fascinated by the various relationships. Mills and Beth, I particu [...]

    9. This was a great book for people that love realistic characters and little suspense. Actually, Orient had a lot of suspense. I could barely put it down, and chewed all my nails off in anticipation for what would happen next.Orient is a town close to New York. It’s year round residents have come to pride themselves as being such. The newer residents, mostly artists from New York city, are slowly taking over. The year rounders don’t want to give these newbies an inch and even have a board that [...]

    10. Ok. So folks are describing this as a "literary thriller," right? I found it to be only marginally literary and hardly thrilling. Tedious is more like it. And the only "literary" thing here is that it's populated by a bunch of artists.The prose is forced to the point of being almost unbearable at times. But that's not the worst of it. The worst of it is the inane plot. Hasn't the author ever read a thriller? Does he ever watch TV or go to a movie? Does he have no idea of how to put a credible cr [...]

    11. Definitely one of my best read of 2016.This book is a gripping thriller, but also a first-rate cross section of today's American society and the fear of difference opposed to the desire to feel included.And the writing is exceptionalThanks Lena and Sofia for the advice!

    12. I was wildly delighted by this smart, sexy mystery set in Orient in Long Island. Orient is a small town populated by old school locals and nouveau riche New Yorkers. Under Orient’s quiet facade hide scandals, crimes, affairs, and shady dealings. The locals are struggling to keep their town from being bought up by millionaires; there’s a secretive government facility that might be the cause of the strange dead creature that washed up on the beach; and the accidental deaths of two residents ma [...]

    13. I picked up Orient at random, having never heard of it before, but being lured in by the description of it being “The Great Gatsby meets Donna Tartt.” I’ve read a few crime thriller type books recently, and this seemed like just the kind of thing that I wanted to stay with. Small town, creepy things happening, page turner you know. I devoured a John Connolly book a few weeks ago, which is going to stick with me for a long time. It’s also set in a small town with an insular population, mu [...]

    14. I discovered this on my kindle today and began it not knowing anything about it and that's quite an interesting way to go into a novel. Set in a tiny community on Long Island, there's sinister doings afoot--which could be linked to the very close proximity of Plumb Island, the US government's secret biological experimentation lab. Interesting character development and good writing. I'll update when done.Finished. (view spoiler)[ This would have been a five-star rating except for the final couple [...]

    15. Orient is definitely not a book that you will be able to read in an afternoon. Coming is at over 650 pages, it does seem like an intimidating book. From the synopsis, I was hoping for an intriguing, not able to put down read. I really wanted to love this book. Unfortunately, I struggled to finish it. I did finish it though and it ended up just being OK for me. Basically, people in the town of Orient are dying in what seem to be accidents until an entire family is wiped out in a deliberately set [...]

    16. The writing was trying too hard. I should have stopped early on when a female character described her boobs as looking like suction cups but I couldn't resist the familiar setting.

    17. The village of Orient is divided into two factions: the year-rounders and the outsiders. Fearing they may one day become the next Hamptons - taken over by big money and tourists - natives hold tight to their land and their closed community. So when one of their own, an architect who lives in the city and spends weekends at his family mansion, brings Mills, a foster kid, as his guest just before the summer ends, many are immediately suspicious of the boy. The most outspoken neighbors claim Mills [...]

    18. I really liked this book. I saw a blurb about it on Towleroad and wanted to pick it up, not knowing until I started it that it was over 600 pages. This coming off of the 1000 page City on Fire and I was still reeling from the heft of that. I was a little intimidated by the average review on though, not that high. As I read it I was really enjoying it and came back a couple of times to glance at the reviews, like "Am I missing something?" or "Should I not be enjoying it this much?" I think the a [...]

    19. Barely out of his teens, modern day hobo Mills is rescued from the streets of New York by homely Paul. Paul takes him along to the small town of Orient on Long Island, as a foster kid or maybe a stray dog. Folks are naturally suspicious, Mills included, but he does his best to adapt to village life. For Mills, that means giving the neighbor's son a blow job and teaming up with another neighbor, Beth, to solve some murders. Which is what we'd all do, considering there isn't much else to do for fu [...]

    20. A pretty good who-done-it. Comparing my blasé impression to colleagues who really liked this, I am wondering if it was due to the fact that I only got to listen sporadically.

    21. This is a mystery told by a teenager on the run, who has only lived in foster homes. He is befriended by a man he hardly knows and given a place to live in the small tourist community of Orient. The temporary home is in return for the teen helping clean out the old homeplace. He is unknown in a close community and someone turns up dead, drowned, perhaps an accident except that his feet are tied together. Then an old woman dies. A fire, determined to be arson, consumes the house next door. The te [...]

    22. I'm giving up on this for now although I may try to revisit. I can't figure out why I seem to be reacting so differently from the other reviews but I simply cannot get into this book. It's not badly written and it sounds like it turns out to be a decent mystery which I love, but for some reason I just keep having to force myself to read, even at page 100, and not enjoying it. I feel badly giving a negative review because the author writes well but I simply do not care one iota what happens so I' [...]

    23. It's difficult to be unbiased when you read a novel about your hometown that is so incredibly negative. But I can say that my criticism of Bollen's writing goes far beyond petty grievances. He is incapable of stating a fact without ten background facts. I haven't seen so many similes since my high school English classes. Off the top of my head, I can recall Bollen comparing one character's eyes to hair in a drain, diamonds, and missing puzzle pieces.Just no good.

    24. Bollen is a terrific stylist, and there were many points at which I would have underlined a passage or turn of phrase - had the book not been from the library.The book is about 1/3 too long, however. The thrillerish aspects to the story are stifled by too much atmospherics. I also found the resolution unsatisfying and a little preposterous. There's not a lot of humor in the book - and it would have helped.

    25. This book was hard to get into but I stuck with it trying to find something interesting about the characters. I did find some things that were intriguing but only among a few characters. The book is well written but I found that my heart wasn't in the game and I wasn't invested in caring about the crime being solved. I really wanted to like this book and it had great reviews. Oh well.

    26. One of the worse mystery books I have read in awhile. Very long and wordy drawn out book. 609 pages Ugh and I plunged through. I was awaiting a bit more excitement involving the mystery element of my neighboring town of Orient but not so. The ending was terrible. I certainly do not recommend this read. Really should of rated it 1/2 star or 0.

    27. I knew when I was only part way through it that I was going to be sad when it ended. I was. But that did not stop me from carrying it with me everywhere and reading it every chance I got.See my full review here - livinginthekitchenwithpuppies.

    28. I really enjoyed the fact that this book was more than just a plot driven crime thriller. I appreciated the enormous effort put into character development and felt that it added to the experience. It was a bit long but overall worth the extra pages. I can see from comments on that many didn't appreciate this component.

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