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 a 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.
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.
One of the year’s best suspense novels…mesmerizing.
Irresistible…a terrific thriller.
Savvy and absorbing.
SUSPENSEFUL…A struggling painter is inexorably drawn into the lives—and fiery deaths—of two moguls, one financial, the other media.
A riveting beach read.
ONE PART DENNIS LEHANE, ONE PART DOSTOEVSKY.
I was spellbound from the first page to the last
On one hand, BEFORE THE FALL is A COMPLEX, COMPULSIVELY READABLE THRILL RIDE of a novel. On the other hand, it is an exploration of the danger of an unchecked media. The combination is a POTENT, GRITTY THRILLER.
I started Noah Hawley’s BEFORE THE FALL last night…my mind wouldn’t stop mulling over the events and the characters. Wow! This is the thriller of the year!
I started [BEFORE THE FALL] and could not put it down. I am nominating it to Indie-Next…I really do believe it is the perfect book to kick off Summer.
The world-worn cynicism that makes ‘Fargo’ such a popular TV show is echoed in the tone of this well-put together novel…The mystery itself unravels beautifully, and Hawley knows how to keep suspense.
Noah Hawley’s novel BEFORE THE FALL truly got under my skin… I devoured this smart and unique novel of intrigue and obsession.
[A] thrilling novel. Read the entire thing on New Year’s Day. Enthralling.
I LOVED BEFORE THE FALL! One of the best books I’ve read in a while—a great read with thriller elements.
A beautiful literary page turner.
WILL SEIZE YOU ON THE FIRST PAGE AND NEVER LET YOU GO, as you follow the story of a plane crash . . . and why it happened .
An insightful look at families, revenge, and media intrusion . . . SUPERB and cleverly constructed.
A big-brained-why-, how-, and whodunit.