By Noah Hawley

ISBN-10: 1478987596

ISBN-13: 9781478987598

New York instances Bestseller

From the Emmy, PEN, Peabody, Critics' selection, and Golden Globe Award-winning writer of the television exhibit Fargo comes the mystery of the year.

On a foggy summer time evening, 11 people--ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter--depart Martha's winery on a personal jet headed for brand spanking new York. 16 mins later, the unthinkable occurs: the airplane plunges into the sea. the single survivors are Scott Burroughs--the painter--and a four-year-old boy, who's now the final closing member of an immensely filthy rich and robust media mogul's family.

With chapters weaving among the aftermath of the crash and the backstories of the passengers and workforce members--including a Wall highway titan and his spouse, a Texan-born occasion boy simply in from London, a tender girl wondering her direction in existence, and a profession pilot--the secret surrounding the tragedy heightens. because the passengers' intrigues resolve, bizarre coincidences element to a conspiracy. used to be it basically through dumb likelihood that such a lot of influential humans perished? Or used to be whatever way more sinister at paintings? occasions quickly threaten to spiral uncontrolled in an escalating typhoon of media outrage and accusations. And whereas Scott struggles to deal with popularity that borders on notoriety, the specialists scramble to salvage the reality from the wreckage.

Amid pulse-quickening suspense, the delicate courting among Scott and the younger boy glows on the center of this beautiful novel, elevating questions of destiny, human nature, and the inextricable ties that bind us together.

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The island was just for tourists now. Scott’s father tapped the man next to him on the shoulder. ” he asked. “He’s swimming over from Alcatraz,” the man said. ” “The exercise guy. What’s it? Jack LaLanne. It’s some kind of stunt. ” “There’s a rope. This is off the radio. See that boat there. The big one. ” The guy shook his head, like all of a sudden the world had gone insane on him. Scott climbed to a higher step where he could see over all the adults. There was indeed a large boat out on the water, bow pointed toward shore.

There is no time to think. Scott turns and starts swimming toward it. He has maybe thirty seconds to close the gap. His left shoulder screams at him, but he ignores it. The boy is crying now, sensing that death is near, but there isn’t time to comfort him. “Deep breath,” Scott yells. ” The wave is too big, too fast. It is on them before Scott can get a good breath himself. He pulls the boy from the flotation device and dives. Something in his left shoulder pops. He ignores it. The boy struggles against him, against the madman dragging him down to his death.

There were dozens of people looking north and pointing toward Alcatraz. The bay was slate gray that day, the hills of Marin framing the now defunct prison island like the shoulders of a guard. To their left the Golden Gate Bridge was a hazy, burnt-orange giant, suspension towers headless in the late-morning fog. Scott could see a mass of small boats circling out on the water. ” Scott’s father asked aloud to no one. Scott’s mother frowned and pulled out a brochure. As far as she knew, she said, the prison was closed.

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