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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About the author

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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Publisher
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 / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Thrillers / General
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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Noah Hawley
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.
Noah Hawley
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


Noah Hawley
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.
Noah Hawley
De la mano de Noah Hawley, creador de la serie de televisión Fargo, llega Antes de la caída, «la mejor novela de suspense del año» de acuerdo con The New York Times.

En una nebulosa noche de verano once personas despegan en un jet privado rumbo a Nueva York. Diez de ellas pertenecen a la alta sociedad de Estados Unidos. El undécimo pasajero es Scott Burroughs, un artista en horas bajas. Dieciséis minutos después sucede lo impensable: el avión se estrella en el océano. Solo sobrevivirán el pintor y un niño de cuatro años, último miembro de una familia inmensamente rica y poderosa.

A medida que se descubre la historia de cada uno de los pasajeros, afloran extrañas coincidencias que apuntan a una conspiración. ¿Fue simple casualidad que perecieran en un accidente algunas de las figuras más influyentes de la televisión y de Wall Street?

Pronto empieza una campaña de acoso mediático que amenaza con hundira Scott, quien luchará por mantenerse a flote mientras las autoridades porfían en encontrar la verdad entre los escombros del accidente.

Antes de la caída es una novela apasionante y adictiva que indaga como pocas en la geografía secreta del alma humana. El destino y los lazos que nos unen, sean de sangre o adquiridos, constituyen su núcleo central y Noah Hawley logra que brille con luz propia la especial relación que se establece entre el pintor y el pequeño J.J.

Críticas:
«Noah Hawley realmente sabe cómo lograr que un lector no sea capaz de dejar de pasar páginas, pero Antes de la caída es mucho más que una novela de suspense, es una adictiva y profunda exploración de la condición humana.»
The New York Times Book Review

«Antes de la caída es un thriller de una belleza deslumbrante. Me ha hechizado de la primera a la última página; todavía no me he recuperado.»
Michael Cunningham, ganador del Premio Pulitze y autor de Las horas

«Un thriller magnífico... una fábula laberíntica que es en parte rompecabezas y en parte un relato doloroso sobre la pérdida y la muerte.»
Patrick Anderson, The Washigton Post

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