A private plane takes off from Martha’s Vineyard with eleven souls on board. Eighteen minutes later it crashes into the sea, killing all but two of them: a washed-up artist and a four-year-old boy.
It’s a miracle tale of survival. But for the modern, partisan media that’s not good enough. They want conspiracy, betrayal, intrigue – so that’s what they create. Among the dead are a media millionaire who runs a Fox News-style cable station; a wealthy Wall Street guy with a secret; a former Mossad agent. So was the plane brought down by terrorists? Someone who stood to gain financially?
Before the Fall is a good little mystery novel from the creator of the great Fargo TV series. It’s a book with plenty to say about modern existence, wealth and the media but at root it’s a page-turner: I couldn’t stop until I found out why that damn plane came down.
The answers when they come are surprisingly prosaic – and a little disappointing – but along the way you get to spend time with some characters that have much more depth and pathos than those that populate your typical thriller.