Winner of the 2017 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL and the 2017 INTERNATIONAL THRILLER WRITERS AWARD FOR BEST NOVELFROM 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."
A 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Award Winner for Best Novel
A 2016 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
A New York Times Editor’s Choice
A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
Winner of the 2016 New England Book Award for Fiction
A 2016 Amazon Best Books of the Year So Far Selection for Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense
A People Pick of the Week of New Reads
A Vulture.com Pick of Fun Fiction Books to Read at the Beach, as Chosen by Jenny Han
An Amazon Best Book of the Month for June 2016
A Publishers Weekly Pick for Best Summer Reads of 2016
A Kirkus Reviews Pick for May 2016
A Library Journal Audio-in-Advance Pick
Winner of the 2017 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL and the 2017 INTERNATIONAL THRILLER WRITERS AWARD FOR BEST NOVELFROM 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."
The crash and the flashbacks recall Lost and Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer-winning novel, The Bridge Over San Luis Rey, and Scott's travails are the lot of every hero in a conspiratorial thriller going back to The 39 Steps. —Slate
[The] thriller of the summer. —The Baltimore Sun
BEFORE THE FALL will seize you on the first page and never let you go, as you follow the story of a plane crash and the complicated and confusing investigation about why it happened. —Vanity Fair, "The 5 Must-Read Books for the Last Five Weeks of Summer"
Fast-paced, mysterious...reads like a great episode of TV. —The Tennessean
A captivating study of human nature. —New Orleans Advocate
A riveting summer read...the author manages to draw out beauty from the heartbreak embodied within the characters. BEFORE THE FALL poses ubiquitous questions about existence, while maintaining a fast-paced, fascinating, and ultimately life-affirming plot. —Woodbury Magazine
Won [our] hearts and minds...it will be the big talker of the summer. —New York Post, "Summer's Hottest Reads"
A complex exploration of human nature in an age of celebrity. —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Remarkably fun to read, filled with suspense, memorable characters and incredibly visual scenes...a compulsive experience. —Austin American-Statesman
Essential reading this summer for anyone who likes a good story well told...You won't read a more thoughtful page-turner anytime soon...irresistibly cinematic. —St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Compulsively written and involving, BEFORE THE FALL is a stunning inquiry into human drive and desire...A powerful and genuinely surprising work. —The Saturday Star
Abundant chills and thrills...Noah Hawley's novel grabs you by the throat and won't let go...BEFORE THE FALL is storytelling at its best, as Hawley presents a range of diverse characters with rich histories... Seeds of doubt are cast in what is sure to be the summer book you won't want to miss. —The Missourian
In the hands of a writer like Noah Hawley, who knows how to build tension from mundane moments, it is a remarkable thriller that most readers will find difficult to put down...it moves toward a breathless ending. —The Washington Times
[An] intelligent and majestically paced story... Hawley has provided his fans with the ultimate irony: a best-seller that is also a Marxist critique. —Dallas Morning News
A taut and expertly paced suspense novel. Hawley's fifth book delivers in so many ways: a cast of well-drawn characters, feints, red herrings and dogged investigators who eventually uncover the truth...this one keeps readers guessing until the final, tragic unveiling....in nerve-racking and poignant detail. —RealClearBooks, "This Summer's Best Thriller"
A read-in-one-beach-day kind of book...A true page-turner, BEFORE THE FALL will leave you guessing until the final moments of the crash, and the final pages of the book. —Bustle
Mystery, conspiracy and a plane crash on a foggy night...juicy. —Parade Magazine
The story's utterly engrossing plot that twists between past and present, ultimately heightening the mystery and suspense, is practically made for the big screen. —Domino Magazine
The best mystery I have read this year...extremely intense...a page turner...a carefully crafted character study...[that] delivers far more than a plot driven thriller. We get an insight into the workings of the minds of all the characters, and indeed, the workings of Noah Hawley's mind as well. —Cyberlibrarian
[A] soapy, scary, ripped-from-the-headlines story...The answers are ultimately satisfying and heartbreaking. —The Plain Dealer Online
Noah Hawley's BEFORE THE FALL isn't a typical mystery. Perhaps that's why I couldn't put it down. —TheAtlantic.com
Brimming with three-dimensional characters, BEFORE THE FALL leads the reader down rabbit hole after rabbit hole in an electrifying mystery. —PasteMagazine.com, "Best Novels of 2016"
Excellent premise and clever plotting. —Florida Times-Union
A thoughtful and compelling page-turner....Hawley's writing is taut and clear, his characters richly developed...Readers may be moved to stand up and cheer. —New York Journal of Books
A literary suspense novel with both a brain and a heart, Before the Fall is a searing examination of the nature of truth. With masterful character development and a well-sculpted plot line, Hawley takes us on a thrill ride of a story while raising vital questions about the role and responsibility of the media today. —Powells, "1 of 10 books sent to President Elect Trump"
A big-brained why-, how-, and whodunit. —GQ
This fast-paced suspense novel by the creator of Fargo will keep you on the edge of your seat. —People
A remarkable and memorable accomplishment by any standard...BEFORE THE FALL is brilliantly constructed and wonderfully told.... a tale that will haunt you long after you read the last page, even as you wish the narrative was twice as long, for all the right reasons. —Book Reporter
[A] page-turner. —Vanity Fair
Imagine that Agatha Christie had set a closed-room mystery on an airplane and included Wall Street and entertainment executive types in her lineup of suspects. Now imagine that airplane crashing into the Atlantic before the story even gets going....Mr. Hawley, the expert TV showrunner, obviously had the skills to pull this off. —New York Times, "The Top Books of 2016"
I started and finished BEFORE THE FALL in one day. That begins to tell you what kind of smart, compellingly dramatic read it is. —
So read it. —James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author and winner of the National Book Foundation's 2015 Literarian Award
Noah Hawley really knows how to keep a reader turning the pages, but there's more to the novel than suspense. 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 human condition, a meditation on the vagaries of human nature, the dark side of celebrity, the nature of art, the power of hope and the danger of an unchecked media. The combination is a potent, gritty thriller that exposes the high cost of news as entertainment and the randomness of fate. —Kristin Hannah, New York Times Book Review
BEFORE THE FALL is a ravishing and riveting beauty of a thriller. It's also a deep exploration of desire, betrayal, creation, family, fate, mortality, and rebirth. It's one part Dennis Lehane, one part Dostoevsky. I was spellbound from first page to last; I haven't fully recovered yet. —Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours
“A ravishing and riveting beauty of a thriller….one part Dennis Lehane, one part Dostoevsky.” —Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize–winning author
This is one of the year's best suspense novels, a mesmerizing, surprise-jammed mystery that works purely on its own, character-driven terms....Mr. Hawley has made it very, very easy to race through his book in a state of breathless suspense. —Janet Maslin, New York Times
A masterly blend of mystery, suspense, tragedy, and shameful media hype...a gritty tale of a man overwhelmed by unwelcome notoriety, with a stunning, thoroughly satisfying conclusion. —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
[A] terrific thriller...an irresistible mystery.. a tale that's both an intriguing puzzle and a painful story of human loss. —Patrick Anderson, Washington Post
This isn't just a good novel; it's a great one. I trusted no one in these pages, yet somehow cared about them all. BEFORE THE FALL brings a serrated edge to every character, every insight, and every wicked twist. —Brad Meltzer, bestselling author of The President's Shadow
Noah Hawley soon veers his highly entertaining novel into an insightful look at families, revenge and media intrusion...Hawley invests the same care with a soupcon of dark humor into BEFORE THE FALL as he does on the TV series 'Fargo'...superb and cleverly constructed. —Associated Press
A pulse-pounding story, grounded in humanity. —Booklist (starred review)
A riveting beach read. —People, "The Best New Books"
Like the successful screenwriter that he is, Hawley piles on enough intrigues and plot complications to keep you hooked. —Kirkus Reviews
BEFORE THE FALL is an astonishing, character-driven tour-de-force. The story is a multi-layered, immersive examination of truth, relationships, and our unquenchable thirst for the media's immediate explanation of unfathomable tragedy. —Karin Slaughter, #1 internationally bestselling author
Savvy and absorbing... cathartic...BEFORE THE FALL is about the gulf that separates perception and truth, and the people who fall into it. —Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal
BEFORE THE FALL kicks ass. A surefire summer read."—Justin Cronin, New York Times bestselling author of The Passage and City of Mirrors —
“An astonishing, character-driven tour-de-force.” —Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author
“A riveting beach read.” —People
"[A] page-turner.” —Vanity Fair
“Savvy and absorbing…cathartic…about the gulf that separates perception and truth and the people who fall into it.” —Wall Street Journal
“One of the year’s best suspense novels, a mesmerizing, surprise-jammed mystery.” —New York Times
“A potent, gritty thriller that exposes the high cost of news as entertainment and the randomness of fate.” —New York Times Book Review
“[A] highly entertaining…insightful look at families, revenge, and media intrusion…superb and cleverly constructed.” —Associated Press
“A masterly blend of mystery, suspense, tragedy, and shameful media hype…a gritty tale of a man overwhelmed by unwelcome notoriety, with a stunning, thoroughly satisfying conclusion.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Hawley ramps up suspense as the investigation into the crash proceeds…A pulse-pounding story, grounded in humanity.” —Booklist (starred review)
“Hawley piles on enough intrigues and plot complications to keep you hooked.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Narrator Robert Petkoff creates an exceptional experience for listeners who are seeking the perfect audiobook this summer…Listeners need not worry about losing track of the narrative as Petkoff’s performance is vivid and engaging. He delivers a confident portrayal of the diverse cast of characters, some less scrupulous than others. It’s a riveting package.” —AudioFile
Noah Hawley is the author of the New York Times bestseller Before the Fall. He is an Emmy, Golden Globe, PEN, Critics’ Choice, and Peabody Award–winning author,
screenwriter, and producer. He has also published four other novels and penned the script for the feature film Lies and Alibis.
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