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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 out.
Orient 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.
©2015 Christopher Bollen (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Cheryl on 02-27-16

Great read and rear

Although this book stated off very slow once I got into it I tried to listen to it every chance I got. It is well written with a very engaging story line that will keep you guessing until the very last chapter. The characters are well developed and the main male (Mills) character pulls at your heart strings more and more as the story progresses. I highly recommend this book. The reader is fantastic. I would definitely listen to books where he is the narrator.

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3 out of 5 stars
By RueRue on 05-14-15

Slow going

Well written but overly long, especially for a story that is trying to build and maintain suspense. If you have time to invest, enjoy literary writing, and are a patient listener, this is a good book. If you are looking for a page turner, this is NOT for you. Good narrator, but somehow lacking in emotion, although he does a multitude voices quite well.

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