Before the Fall

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Winner of the 2017 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL and the 2017 INTERNATIONAL THRILLER WRITERS AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL FROM THE AWARD-WINNING CREATOR OF FARGO COMES "ONE THE YEAR'S BEST SUSPENSE NOVELS" (NEW YORK TIMES). On a foggy summer night, eleven people--ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter--depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are the painter Scott Burroughs and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

Was it by chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something more sinister at work? A storm of media attention brings Scott fame that quickly morphs into notoriety and accusations, and he scrambles to salvage truth from the wreckage. Amid trauma and chaos, the fragile relationship between Scott and the young boy grows and glows at the heart of this stunning novel, raising questions of fate, morality, and the inextricable ties that bind us together.

Kristin Hannah raves, "Noah Hawley really knows how to keep a reader turning the pages... a complex, compulsively readable thrill ride of a novel."

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Noah Hawley is an Emmy, Golden Globe, PEN, Critics' Choice, and Peabody Award-winning author, screenwriter, and producer. He has published four novels and penned the script for the feature film Lies and Alibis. He created, executive produced, and served as showrunner for ABC's My Generation and The Unusuals and was a writer and producer on the hit series Bones. Hawley is currently executive producer, award-winning series, Fargo, and Legion from FX Productions and Marvel Television.
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Grand Central Publishing
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Published on
May 31, 2016
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Pages
400
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ISBN
9781455561803
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Crime
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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“This is one readers won’t be able to put down.” —Booklist (starred review)

"A can’t-put-down psychological thriller.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“This debut is guaranteed to haunt you...Warning: brace yourself.” —Bustle (10 New Thrillers to Read This Summer)

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“This was one of the best and most terrifying psychological thrillers I have ever read.” —San Francisco Book Review


Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He’s a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’re hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.

Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.

Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.

From bestselling author B. A. Paris comes the gripping thriller and international phenomenon Behind Closed Doors.

From the award-winning creator of the TV show Fargo and author of the bestseller Before the Fall, an intense, psychological novel about one doctor's suspense-filled quest to unlock the mind of a suspected political assassin: his twenty-year old son.
 
As the Chief of Rheumatology at Columbia Presbyterian, Dr. Paul Allen's specialty is diagnosing patients with conflicting symptoms, patients other doctors have given up on. He lives a contented life in Westport with his second wife and their twin sons—hard won after a failed marriage earlier in his career that produced a son named Daniel. In the harrowing opening scene of this provocative and affecting novel, Dr. Allen is home with his family when a televised news report announces that the Democratic candidate for president has been shot at a rally, and Daniel is caught on video as the assassin. 
    
Daniel Allen has always been a good kid—a decent student, popular—but, as a child of divorce, used to shuttling back and forth between parents, he is also something of a drifter. Which may be why, at the age of nineteen, he quietly drops out of Vassar and begins an aimless journey across the United States, during which he sheds his former skin and eventually even changes his name to Carter Allen Cash.
    
Told alternately from the point of view of the guilt-ridden, determined father and his meandering, ruminative son, The Good Father is a powerfully emotional page-turner that keeps one guessing until the very end. This is an absorbing and honest novel about the responsibilities—and limitations—of being a parent and our capacity to provide our children with unconditional love in the face of an unthinkable situation.


From the Hardcover edition.
Egy ködös nyári éjszakán magánrepülőgép száll fel az Egyesült Államok keleti partvidékéhez tartozó Mar​tha’s Vineyard-szigetről New York felé, fedélzetén tizenegy utassal.

Tízen a felső tízezer tagjai, a tizenegyedik egy nem túl jelentős festő. Tizenhat perccel az indulás után a gép az óceánba zuhan. A katasztrófát ketten élik túl: Scott Burroughs, a festő és a gépen utazó médiamogul négyéves kisfia. Burroughsnak sikerül a lehetetlen: partra úszik a gyerekkel. Ott aztán belekerül a nyomozás és a médiahisztéria kettős forgatagába. De vajon véletlenül zuhant-e le a gép? Vagy a befolyásos embereket szándékosan gyilkolta meg valaki?


Noah Hawley thrillere napok alatt felkerült a sikerlistákra. A történet nem csak az olvasók, de a kritikusok közt is egyöntetű sikert aratott, mert a szenvedélyes összecsapások nagy gonddal és alapossággal megrajzolt szereplők között zajlanak le. A könyv letehetetlenül izgalmas.


A szerzőt milliók ismerik szerte a világon, Ő a több földrészen is rendkívüli sikert aratott Fargo filmsorozat sokszorosan díjnyertes írója. Díjai közt ott az Emmy és a Golden Globe díjak. A zuhanás előtt filmjogait a Sony Pictures vásárolta meg.



*****



"Izgalom, tragédia és egy szégyenteljes médiahisztéria története. Mestermű." - Publisher’s Weekly
"Történet a szakadékról a feltevések és az igazság között és az emberekről, akik belezuhannak ebbe a szakadékba. Katartikus..." - Wall Street Journal
"Elvarázsolta a szívünket és az eszünket is." - New York Post
"Tökéletes konstrukció, tökéletes történetmesélés." - Book Reporter


 Prawda wymaga bohaterstwa

Zdumiewająca powieść z przyspieszającym bicie serca suspensem, w której pytania o ludzką naturę i przeznaczenie przeplatają się z prawdą o nierozerwalnych więziach, które łączą ludzi.

„Wspaniały thriller. Tajemnica, której nie można się oprzeć. Opowieść, która jest zarówno intrygującą łamigłówką, jak i bolesną historią ludzkiej straty”. Washington Post

„Mistrzowska mieszanka tajemnicy, suspensu, tragedii i karygodnego szumu medialnego. Brutalnie szczera opowieść o mężczyźnie przytłoczonym niechcianą, złą sławą, ze zdumiewającym, głęboko satysfakcjonującym zakończeniem”. Publishers Weekly

 „Zmyślna i absorbująca. Oczyszczająca. Przed katastrofą to opowieść o przepaści oddzielającej postrzeganie od prawdy i o ludziach, którzy w nią wpadają”. Wall Street Journal

Mglista, letnia noc 23 sierpnia 2015 roku. Z lotniska w Martha’s Vineyard wylatuje prywatny samolot z jedenastoma osobami na pokładzie, dziesięcioma zamożnymi i mężczyzną – malarzem – któremu ostatnio nie wiedzie się w życiu najlepiej. To ma być krótki, zaledwie dwudziestodziewięciominutowy lot do Nowego Jorku. Stewardesa serwuje drinki, w telewizji leci mecz baseballowy, nic nie zapowiada tego, co wydarzy się za nieco ponad kwadrans. Po tym czasie samolot z nieznanych przyczyn spada do oceanu. Jedynymi ocalałymi z katastrofy są Scott Burroughs, malarz, i czteroletni JJ, syn prezesa potężnej sieci telewizyjnej.

Rozpoczyna się śledztwo, a wraz z nim wokół sprawy narasta medialne zamieszanie. W miarę jak na jaw wychodzą kolejne dziwne zbiegi okoliczności, otaczająca katastrofę tajemnica gęstnieje – przestaje być oczywiste, kto jest bohaterem, a kto winowajcą. Czy tylko głupi przypadek sprawił, że zginęło tak wielu wpływowych ludzi? Czy to możliwe, by człowiek najpierw ocalał z katastrofy lotniczej, a potem przepłynął kilkanaście kilometrów w zimnych wodach oceanu, ratując przy tym dziecko? A może to media manipulują rzeczywistością?

Podczas gdy Scott próbuje poradzić sobie z popularnością przeradzającą się w złą sławę, władze szamoczą się między sobą, by ocalić prawdę z wraku samolotu.

From the award-winning creator of the TV show Fargo and author of the bestseller Before the Fall, an intense, psychological novel about one doctor's suspense-filled quest to unlock the mind of a suspected political assassin: his twenty-year old son.
 
As the Chief of Rheumatology at Columbia Presbyterian, Dr. Paul Allen's specialty is diagnosing patients with conflicting symptoms, patients other doctors have given up on. He lives a contented life in Westport with his second wife and their twin sons—hard won after a failed marriage earlier in his career that produced a son named Daniel. In the harrowing opening scene of this provocative and affecting novel, Dr. Allen is home with his family when a televised news report announces that the Democratic candidate for president has been shot at a rally, and Daniel is caught on video as the assassin. 
    
Daniel Allen has always been a good kid—a decent student, popular—but, as a child of divorce, used to shuttling back and forth between parents, he is also something of a drifter. Which may be why, at the age of nineteen, he quietly drops out of Vassar and begins an aimless journey across the United States, during which he sheds his former skin and eventually even changes his name to Carter Allen Cash.
    
Told alternately from the point of view of the guilt-ridden, determined father and his meandering, ruminative son, The Good Father is a powerfully emotional page-turner that keeps one guessing until the very end. This is an absorbing and honest novel about the responsibilities—and limitations—of being a parent and our capacity to provide our children with unconditional love in the face of an unthinkable situation.


From the Hardcover edition.
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