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The Good Father

Noah Hawley

8 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Thriller / suspense

A stunning novel of a young man accused of killing the next president of the United States, and his father's quest to understand what happened.

Dr Paul Allen is a well-respected man. He lives a happy, comfortable life with his second wife and their family. Until the night when a knock at the door blows his world apart: a hugely popular presidential candidate has been shot, and they say the young man who pulled the trigger is Paul's son.

Daniel, the only child from his first, failed marriage, was always a good kid and Paul is convinced his quiet boy is not capable of murder.

Overwhelmed by a vortex of feelings, Paul embarks on a mission to understand what happened and why. Following the trail of his son's journey across America, he is forced to re-examine his life as a husband and a parent, and every decision he ever made.

What follows is a powerfully emotional and suspense-filled quest that keeps you guessing to the very end.

'Monsters don't just become monsters, after all.'

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Praise for The Good Father

  • Brilliant and heartbreaking, THE GOOD FATHER is a thriller, a mystery and above all else a savagely contemporary, hugely important story . . . it will haunt the reader for a long time. - Tony Parsons

  • It is rare that a novel so considered is also so gripping. Intense and utterly humane, THE GOOD FATHER is a book, the moment you finish it, you just know you will want to read again. A tremendous achievement. - Simon Lelic

  • Riveting, moving, unique. This novel deserves to become a classic. - Sophie Hannah

  • I read THE GOOD FATHER into the small hours. It is that rare gem: a genuine literary thriller, as deep as it is wide. A beautiful, moving and important novel. - Erin Kelly, author of The Poison Tree

  • An unblinking look at the ills of modern America, and a conclusion: love might address them in a way that wealth cannot. - Justin Webb, presenter of the Today programme on BBC Radio 4

  • An examination of conspiracy theories and political assassinations. - Mark Billingham

  • Discovering a way to be the good father in this context requires great imagination, and Hawley has written a convincing novel about the disturbing endurance of parental responsibility. - The Times Literary Supplement

  • Noah Hawley's flawless writing and staggeringly impressive narrative authority make THE GOOD FATHER so harrowingly plausible . . . a memorable, moving and unputdownab

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Noah Hawley

Noah Hawley created and ran the ABC television shows The Unusuals and My Generation, and wrote the film Lies & Alibis. Noah's short fiction has appeared in the Paris Review. He currently splits his time between Los Angeles, CA and Austin, TX, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

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