• $6.99

Publisher Description

From the award-winning creator of the TV show Fargo and author of the bestseller Before the Fall, 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 the Chief of Rheumatology at Columbia Presbyterian, Dr. Paul Allen's specialty is diagnosing patients with conflicting symptoms, patients other doctors have given up on. He lives a contented life in Westport with his second wife and their twin sons—hard won after a failed marriage earlier in his career that produced a son named Daniel. In the harrowing opening scene of this provocative and affecting novel, Dr. Allen is home with his family when a televised news report announces that the Democratic candidate for president has been shot at a rally, and Daniel is caught on video as the assassin. 
Daniel Allen has always been a good kid—a decent student, popular—but, as a child of divorce, used to shuttling back and forth between parents, 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, during which he sheds his former skin and eventually even changes his name to Carter Allen Cash.
Told alternately from the point of view of the guilt-ridden, determined father and his meandering, ruminative son, The Good Father is a powerfully emotional page-turner that keeps one guessing until the very end. This is an absorbing and honest novel about the responsibilities—and limitations—of being a parent and our capacity to provide our children with unconditional love in the face of an unthinkable situation.

Fiction & Literature
March 20
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Crafty Gma ,

Interesting but no surprises

This book had an interesting storyline. But I kept waiting for the answer and it never came. I skimmed over some of the parts about other assassins and terrorists. Kind of got the idea that they were just fillers to stretch out the story. I’m a little disappointed.

Roro Schnowski ,

Fabulous psychological thriller

Loved this book from beginning to end. The foray into the mind of the shooter and his father makes you think about this book for a long time after you finish reading it.

SLKnurse ,

The Good Father

This is an excellent book. I felt like I had been down this road with this parent. It is a difficult road to travel. We cannot believe our child could make the choices she did. How do you reconcile loving a your child with acceptance that he or she is a criminal? The pain is well described in this book.

More Books by Noah Hawley