The Good Father (Paperback)

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April 2012
How much does divorce really affect a child? How responsible is a parent for the acts performed by his adult child? Is the unconditional love of a parent for a child truly unconditional? Paul Allen is a respected doctor living the American dream in Connecticut with his second wife and their twin sons. Daniel is the 19-year-old product of his first failed marriage. When Daniel is accused of shooting the Democratic candidate for president at a rally, things begin spiraling out of control. When Paul tries to rush to his son's side, he learns that not only does no one care that he is a doctor, but he is also viewed with suspicion because he is Daniel's father. Hawley has written a psychological thriller about the modern American family in a situation that is only too possible in today's society. -- Sharon Nagel, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI

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An intense, psychological novel about one doctor's suspense-filled quest to unlock the mind of a suspected political assassin: his twenty-year old son.

As a rheumatologist, Dr. Paul Allen's specialty is diagnosing patients other doctors have given up on. His son, Daniel Allen has always been a good kid but, as a child of divorce, he is also something of a drifter. Which may be why, at the age of nineteen, he quietly drops out of Vassar and begins an aimless journey across the United States, shedding his former skin and eventually even changing his name. One night, Paul is home with his family when a televised news report announces that the Democratic candidate for president has been shot, and Daniel is the lead suspect. Convinced of his son’s innocence Paul begins to trace his sons steps to see where Daniel, or perhaps Paul, went wrong, beginning a harrowing journey--about the responsibilities of being a parent and the capacity for unconditional love in the face of an unthinkable situation—that keeps one guessing until the very end.

About the Author


NOAH HAWLEY is an author, screenwriter, and producer. He has published three previous novels, conceived and run two network television shows, and written one feature film. Before creating his own shows, he was a writer and producer for the hit show Bones on FOX. He currently splits his time between Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

Praise for The Good Father…


“A powerful narrative that builds relentlessly to a stunning emotional climax.”—The Chicago Tribune
       
“A powerfully emotional page-turner.”—San Francisco Chronicle
              
“Suspenseful. . . . Heartbreaking.”—Bookpage

“Irresistible.”—The Wall Street Journal

“With nimble prose and acute psychological insight, Hawley traces Allen's guilt-racked quest to prove his son's innocence. The result is a moving family saga that explores the intriguing notion of a statue of limitations on parental responsibility.” —People
  
“A memorable, moving and unputdownable masterpiece.” —Sunday Express, London
 
“Explodes like a hand grenade with a force that drives the breath from your body. . . . Haunting, terrible and yet utterly real, it's superbly written with a marvelous feel for the American landscape and its soul. It's also a tantalizing thriller.” —Daily Mail, London
 
“Gripping . . . echoes Don DeLillo.” —The Sunday Times, London
 
“Suspenseful. . . . Heartbreaking.”—Bookpage

Product Details ISBN-10: 0307947912
ISBN-13: 9780307947918
Published: Anchor, 01/08/2013
Pages: 320
Language: English


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