The Ruins

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Pub Date 11 Feb 2020 | Archive Date Not set

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London, 2010: Icelandic volcanoes have the city in gridlock, banks topple like dominoes and Brandon Kussgarten has been shot dead by gunmen in Donald Duck masks. His death draws his twin brother — shy, bookish Adam — into Brandon's underworld of deceit and desire.

A miniature kingdom sprouts in a Notting Hill tower-block, LA mansions burn in week-long parties, and in a Baroque hotel suite a record is being made that could redeem its maker even as it destroys him. As Adam begins to fall for his brother's shattered family he finds that to win them for himself he'll have to lose everything that he holds dear. This intelligent, intriguing and emotionally-searing tale of fractured identities, narcissism and ambition questions how being loved for what others think we are differs from who we are to ourselves.

With echoes of Performance, The Talented Mr Ripley and Mulholland Drive, The Ruins delves into the dark heart of fame: magic, music and murder.


Mat Osman is a founding member of the iconic British rock band Suede. The Ruins is his first novel.

London, 2010: Icelandic volcanoes have the city in gridlock, banks topple like dominoes and Brandon Kussgarten has been shot dead by gunmen in Donald Duck masks. His death draws his twin brother —...


A Note From the Publisher

The Ruins is a story of music, murder, fame, decadence, and deceit. It’s about the magical sound of snowflakes falling in Lake Tahoe, and speeding through the LA night to the sound of acid house. It’s about melancholy skies above London and starlit skies above the Nevada desert. It’s about how in today’s world, with enough money and ruthlessness you can make people believe in anything, as long as you are prepared to get your hands very, very dirty.

The Ruins is a story of music, murder, fame, decadence, and deceit. It’s about the magical sound of snowflakes falling in Lake Tahoe, and speeding through the LA night to the sound of acid house...


Advance Praise

"Oozes quiet sedition." — Sukhdev Sandhu, author of Night Haunts

"The Ruins reads like Raymond Chandler remixed by James Lasdun: barbed aperçus and killer images flare across each page, even as unsettling elements moil below, in pursuit of more sinister ambitions. Every great noir tale is at some level a fantasia on the slipperiness of identity; Osman has written a great noir tale."

— Martin Seay, author of The Mirror Thief

"The Ruins is an intriguing and beautifully-written tale of two brothers, filled with music and danger. But at its heart this is a novel about being restless and lonely; about how the inability to create something transient leads to a silent despair and the desire to be someone else."

— Mariana Enriquez, author of Things We Lost in the Fire



"Oozes quiet sedition." — Sukhdev Sandhu, author of Night Haunts

"The Ruins reads like Raymond Chandler remixed by James Lasdun: barbed aperçus and killer images flare across each page, even as...


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