Defending Jacob

Defending Jacob

A Novel

Book - 2012
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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
Entertainment Weekly • The Boston Globe • Kansas City Star
 
“A legal thriller that’s comparable to classics such as Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent . . . Tragic and shocking, Defending Jacob is sure to generate buzz.”—Associated Press
 
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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.

Praise for Defending Jacob
 
“Ingenious . . . Nothing is predictable. All bets are off.”—The New York Times
 
“Stunning . . . a novel that comes to you out of the blue and manages to keep you reading feverishly until the whole thing is completed.”—The Huffington Post
 
“Gripping, emotional murder saga . . . The shocking ending will have readers pulling up their bedcovers to ward off the haunting chill.”—People
 
“The hype is justified. . . . Exceptionally serious, suspenseful, engrossing.”—The Washington Post
 
“Even with unexpected twists and turns, the two narratives interlock like the teeth of a zipper, building to a tough and unflinching finale. This novel has major motion picture written all over it.”—The Boston Globe
 
“Yes, this book came out in January. No, we are not done talking about it.”—Entertainment Weekly

Baker & Taylor
His happy life and long-time respectability as a suburban Massachusetts assistant district attorney shattered when his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student, Andy Barber faces a wrenching decision about family loyalty when the facts increasingly suggest that the boy is guilty. 100,000 first printing.

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When his fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student, assistant district attorney Andy Barber is torn between loyalty and justice as facts come to light that lead him to question how well he knows his own son.
Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. When a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his fourteen-year-old son is charged withthe murder of a fellow student. 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.

Publisher: New York : Delacorte Books, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385344227
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY LAN
Characteristics: 421 p. ;,25 cm.

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kkoenigc Aug 28, 2017

What would you do as a district attorney if your son is charged with murder? This book examines the pull between loyalty and justice. A very surprising ending to boot.

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Alpha_zzz
Jul 05, 2017

There were times when I really had to push myself to read through this book. Admittedly, I skipped a few pages here and there because i thought it was very dry reading, and many parts seem to linger on the same issues.
What the book is not is predictable. I like books that don't spell everything out for you before you get to the end, and for that matter, I will say it was an interesting way to go with the book. And even though it was dry, it will probably be one of those stories that I will think about from time to time. It will sort of stay with you.

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o016800161
Jul 25, 2016

A great murder mystery/thriller!

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LoganHobo78
Jul 18, 2016

A solid legal-thriller. The pages fly by. Read the whole thing in a single afternoon. The second half of the book actually brings up a very controversial idea that keeps things moving, but doesn't explore it as fully as I would have liked.

People are putting this in the same league as Presumed Innocent and The Firm, but it's not THAT good. Still, if you've got a long plane ride, or an afternoon at the beach, this gets the job done.

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bibliovore
Jul 15, 2016

A true page-turner that keeps you guessing until the very end. I thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced legal thriller.

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JLMason
Jun 16, 2016

"Unputdownable". The story is told by the father, whose faith in his son is unshakeable. Is he right? Is his bias keeping him from seeing reality? Are we being kept from seeing reality because of the narrator's bias? Keep turning those pages!

TSCPL_Mpyko May 19, 2016

I really enjoyed this story. Strong characters and the story was a page-turner.

stewaroby Mar 06, 2016

Engrossing, well-plotted and thought provoking. How far would you go as a parent to protect your child?

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rahmmie
Jan 06, 2016

I found it quite interesting and well-written. The plot is original and the characters are engaging. However, at least for me, the ending was anticlimatic and disappointing

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amypete20
Nov 09, 2015

This felt like reading an episode of Law & Order. Not a great literary work (and I found the narrator's disdainful descriptions of nearly every female character to be pretty tiresome) but ultimately an entertaining read with some good plot twists.

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JODI ARONOFF Jun 11, 2012

Andy Barber has been an assistant district atorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his comunity, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with hish wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His 14 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 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.

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