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Defending Jacob a Novel

Legal Thriller by William Landay where an assistant district attorney investigates a crime for which his own son will be accused.

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A Superb Courtroom Thriller

  • Feb 1, 2012
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William Landay knocked my socks off with this thriller that grabbed me from the first page and didn't let go until the last sentence.  The book shows how the judgment of the most professional people can be skewed when they get emotionally involved in their work with a relative.  Andrew Barber is an Assistant District Attorney called upon to open an investigation into the murder of a teen.  Andrew decides to take it on himself and doesn't get swayed by the fact that the victim was a student in the same school as Andrew's teen son.

When some troubling things seem to give clues pointing to his son (Jacob), Andrew brushes them away.  Even when his son becomes the prime suspect, Andrew chooses to look towards another suspect.  Andrew's actions will later come into question and he will have to defend what he did to the man who was eager to take his job.

Andrew must also confront his "hidden" past and the author brings into play the theory of a "murder gene" where the tendency to be violent is passed down from father to son through the genes.  A pure "tour de force."  Should not be missed!

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review by . February 06, 2012
As the novel begins, the prior district attorney, Andy Barber, is facing the grand jury and we know that something terrible has happened.      Neal Longiudice is questioning Andy about why he accepted the case of Ben Rifkin's killing. Ben was a schoolmate of Andy's fourteen-year-old son, Jacob.      Andy had been a successful assistant district attorney in suburban Massachusetts for years. As the story progresses, things begin to unravel and the comfortable …
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Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

Every parental instinct Andy has rallies to protect his boy. Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him. Andy must. He’s his father. But as damning facts and shocking revelations surface, as a marriage threatens to crumble and the trial intensifies, as the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own—between loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, between a past he’s tried to bury and a future he cannot conceive.

Award-winning author William Landay has written the consummate novel of an embattled family in crisis—a suspenseful, character-driven mystery that is also a spellbinding tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying speed at which our lives can spin out of control.
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