"The Islanders" is a remarkable realistic speculative fiction tale about a murder, artistic rivalry and literary deception written by one of the finest writers writing now in any genre in the English language; eminent Briton Christopher Priest. This is a Rubik's Cube of a novel, recounting the main plot points in a literary style reminiscent, in places, of Akira Kurosawa's "Rashomon", and one that evokes early Ursula Le Guin (e. g. "Earthsea" and early "Ekumen" novels such as "The Left Hand of Darkness") and Italo Calvino ("Invisible Cities") in its expressive, descriptive, usage of language. Priest's prose may also remind readers of Thomas Bernhard's, especially with regards to its emphasis on visual art and art history. Pretending to be a "travel guide" to the Dream Archipelago, what Priest has wrought instead is a short story collection, with each tale merely a chapter in his intricately detailed novel, with a rather deceptive introduction to this "travel guide" from one of the protagonists, who may have a secret history pertaining to the murder itself. Readers will encounter scenes replete with unspeakable horror and memorable romance during their "visits" to each of the Dream Archipelago islands, in literary styles ranging from first person to almost impersonal third person narrative. Without a doubt, "The Islanders" demonstrates why Priest is one of the most elegant literary stylists writing today in the English language, and reaffirms his status as among the most noteworthy contributors to contemporary Anglo-American fiction irrespective of genre.