Excerpt from Before the Fall

Did you get a chance to pick up my latest release, Unlawful Harvest on the weekend? If not, you can get it now! Unlawful Harvest is the first of the Kenzie Kirsch Medical Thrillers, and provides Kenzie’s backstory, which you may be particularly interested in if you have been reading the Zachary Goldman Mysteries.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme. Read the rules and more teasers at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along.

I have been reading Before the Fall, by Noah Hawley. The book begins with the end – protagonist Scott saving a four-year-old boy after their plane goes down in the ocean. It then examines the lives of each of the passengers and how they got there, Scott processing the accident and the investigators trying to figure out what happened. It has been a fascinating story so far. Sensitive readers beware that there is some crude language in this one.

“Ladies and gentlemen, please prepare for takeoff,” he says. 

Maggie looks over at her two kids, Rachel sitting with one leg folded under her … and little JJ hunched in slumber, slack-faced with childish oblivion.

Noah Hawley, Before the Fall

On a foggy summer night, eleven people — ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter — depart Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are the painter Scott Burroughs and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family.

Was it by chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something more sinister at work? A storm of media attention brings Scott fame that quickly morphs into notoriety and accusations, and he scrambles to learn truth about the crash. Amid trauma and chaos, the fragile relationship between Scott and the young boy grows and glows at the heart of this stunning novel, raising questions of fate, morality, and the inextricable ties that bind us together.


  1. Wow, this one sounds good! Thanks for sharing, and here’s mine: “DELUSIONS OF GRANDMA”

  2. Interesting teaser. Not sure if I’d read on. Hope you enjoy it though. My Teaser

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