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Before the Fall

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Before the Fall

From the Emmy, PEN, Peabody, and Golden Globe Award–winning creator of the TV show Fargo comes the thriller to read in 2016.On a foggy summer night, eleven people—ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter—depart Martha's Vineyard headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the passengers disappear into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs—the painter—and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of a wealthy and powerful media mogul's family. With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the tragedy and the backstories of the passengers and crew members—including a Wall Street titan and his wife, a Texan-born party boy just in from London, a young woman questioning her path in life, and a career pilot—the mystery surrounding the crash heightens. As the passengers' intrigues unravel, odd coincidences point to a conspiracy: Was it merely dumb chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something far more sinister at work? Events soon threaten to spiral out of control in an escalating storm of media outrage and accusations—all while the listener draws closer and closer to uncovering the truth.Amid pulse-quickening suspense, the fragile relationship between Scott and the young boy glows at the heart of this stunning novel, raising questions of fate, human nature, and the inextricable ties that bind us together.
From the Emmy, PEN, Peabody, and Golden Globe Award–winning creator of the TV show Fargo comes the thriller to read in 2016.On a foggy summer night, eleven people—ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter—depart Martha's Vineyard headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the passengers disappear into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs—the painter—and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of a wealthy and powerful media mogul's family. With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the tragedy and the backstories of the passengers and crew members—including a Wall Street titan and his wife, a Texan-born party boy just in from London, a young woman questioning her path in life, and a career pilot—the mystery surrounding the crash heightens. As the passengers' intrigues unravel, odd coincidences point to a conspiracy: Was it merely dumb chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something far more sinister at work? Events soon threaten to spiral out of control in an escalating storm of media outrage and accusations—all while the listener draws closer and closer to uncovering the truth.Amid pulse-quickening suspense, the fragile relationship between Scott and the young boy glows at the heart of this stunning novel, raising questions of fate, human nature, and the inextricable ties that bind us together.
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  • Noah Hawley is an author, screenwriter, and producer. He conceived and ran two network television shows and has written one feature film. Before creating his own shows, he was a writer and producer for Bones on Fox. He currently splits his time between Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, where he lives with his wife and daughter.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from February 1, 2016
    Emmy-, Golden Globe–, and Peabody Award–winning television producer and screenwriter Hawley’s fifth novel is a masterly blend of mystery, suspense, tragedy, and shameful media hype. When a corporate jet carrying 11 crashes into the ocean just 16 minutes into a nighttime flight from Martha’s Vineyard to New York in August 2015, only two people survive—Scott Burroughs, a middle-aged former drunk and minor artist, and a four-year-old boy. Scott saves the boy, swimming to shore and into a frenzy of media-shaped hero worship, federal investigations of terrorism and criminal activity, and sudden media-driven accusations of financial exploitation. Hawley cleverly uses flashback chapters for each of the passengers to reveal that one victim was a wealthy mogul, head of a 24-hour cable news network that didn’t just report the news, but proudly manufactured it; one victim was a Wall Street financier about to be indicted for money laundering; and the other victims, including an armed bodyguard, also had curious pasts. Scott’s life is an escalating nightmare of media hounding and federal suspicion. His only salvation is a thoughtful, deliberate NTSB investigator who focuses on facts, not speculation. This is a gritty tale of a man overwhelmed by unwelcome notoriety, with a stunning, thoroughly satisfying conclusion.

  • AudioFile Magazine Narrator Robert Petkoff creates an exceptional experience for listeners who are seeking the perfect audiobook this summer. The author draws the listener in immediately, introducing key characters before tragedy strikes: A private plane crashes into the sea. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs, a painter who joined the flight at the last minute, and a 4-year-old child whom Scott saves from drowning. Hawley revisits these events, and the lives of the characters, moving between past and present as he unfolds the mystery of what happened on that flight. 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. S.C. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine
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