By Noah Hawley

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 strong media mogul's family.

With chapters weaving among the aftermath of the crash and the backstories of the passengers and staff members--including a Wall road titan and his spouse, a Texan-born occasion boy simply in from London, a tender lady wondering her direction in lifestyles, and a occupation pilot--the secret surrounding the tragedy heightens. because the passengers' intrigues resolve, ordinary coincidences aspect to a conspiracy. used to be it in simple terms by way of dumb likelihood that such a lot of influential humans perished? Or was once anything 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 repute that borders on notoriety, the gurus scramble to salvage the reality from the wreckage.

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

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The two men stand toe-to-toe, mock posturing, two big bucks locking horns for the sheer love of battle. “He lost it in the lights,” David tells him, then feels his phone buzz. He looks at it, frowns, types a reply. Ben glances quickly over his shoulder, his expression sobering. The women are busy chatting. He leans in closer. ” David shakes him off, still typing. ” “I’ve been calling you,” Kipling says. He starts to say more, but Emma is there with drinks. “Glenlivet on the rocks, if I’m not mistaken,” she says, handing Ben a glass.

He nods. “Okay, good,” says Scott. ” Scott turns to the doctor. ” he asks. The doctor nods, issues orders. The nurses ready the needles and hang IV bags on metal arms. “Look at me,” Scott tells the boy when the time comes. The boy’s eyes are blue saucers. He flinches when the needle goes in. His eyes tear up and his bottom lip quivers, but he doesn’t cry. “You’re my hero,” Scott tells him. ” Scott can feel the fluids entering his system. Almost immediately the urge to pass out dissipates. “I’m going to give you both a mild sedative,” the doctor says.

The plane shakes as their final passenger climbs the gangway stairs. Despite herself, Maggie feels herself flush, a thrum of anticipation starting in her belly. And then he is there, Scott Burroughs, mid-forties, looking flushed and out of breath. His hair is shaggy and starting to gray, but his face is smooth. There are worn gouache splotches on his white Keds, faded white and summer blue. He has a dirty green duffel bag over one shoulder. In his bearing there is still the flush of youth, but the lines around his eyes are deep and earned.

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