Before the Fall by Noah HawleyFrom the Emmy, PEN, Peabody, Critics Choice, and Golden Globe Award-winning creator of the TV show Fargo comes the thriller of the year.
On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Marthas 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 Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media moguls family.
With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the crash 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 tragedy heightens. As the passengers intrigues unravel, odd coincidences point to a conspiracy. Was it merely by 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. And while Scott struggles to cope with fame that borders on notoriety, the authorities scramble to salvage the truth from the wreckage.
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.
Before the Fall
A private plane. A few rich passengers boarding. A foggy night. And a spine-tingling bit of foreshadowing: Two weeks later, one passenger will be giving an interview about the plane to New York magazine. These are cosseted, secretive people.
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Metropolitan Police Superintendent Stella Gibson , a senior investigating officer tasked with reviewing investigations, is seconded to the Police Service of Northern Ireland PSNI in order to assess the progress of a murder investigation that has remained active longer than 28 days. When it becomes apparent a serial killer is on the loose, local detectives must work with Stella to find and capture Paul Spector, who is attacking young professional women in the city of Belfast. As time passes Stella's team works tirelessly to build a case, but they are met with complications both inside and outside the PSNI. Cubitt said that he originally was researching another show he was planning on writing and read a book on the BTK "Bind, Torture, Kill" serial killer , Dennis Rader. Cubitt found the structure of the book, which began with a structured look at the BTK Killer's attack that was possible because of Rader's own testimony, documentary evidence that he had left, and the extensive forensic evidence that was gathered from the scene of the crime. Inspired by this, Cubitt created a structure where the killer is identified immediately, eliminating the whodunit aspect of many stories.
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