An ordinary boy with an ordinary life stands accused of killing the next president of the United States. 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.'
Daniel is the product of his father's first, failed marriage. He spent his childhood and adolescence flying between his mother's home in California, and his father's in New York. Dr Allen always told himself that his son's early years were a broadly positive experience. The boy didn't have to grow up in a home driven by parental arguments; the frequent flying from coast to was a maturing, broadening exercise; and after all, Daniel still had two parents who loved him, even if they no longer loved each other. But now, as the doctor delves into his son's past and events surrounding the senator's slaying, he is not so sure. He cannot accept that Daniel has what it takes to be a cold-blooded killer, but how well does he really know his boy? The Good Father is a hugely emotional, almost unbearably tense journey into the meaning of fatherhood and the power of truth. It also takes a bleak, unsparing look at the seething mass of contradictions at the heart of American gun culture, and how conspiracy theories are spawned and nurtured. The parts of the book that examine the murder of president Kennedy's brother, Robert, are both absorbing and surprising. But ultimately this is a story of love and trust and acceptance, wrapped beautifully inside an old-fashioned thriller. It will keep you reading long into the night, and leave you haunted by its central characters long after you have turned the last page. A mini-masterpiece.
Noah Hawley is the author of three previous novels, including The Punch and A Conspiracy of Tall Men. He 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. Visit Noah's website at www.noahhawley.com and follow him on Twitter @noahhawley