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Defending Jacob

By (author) William Landay

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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 for two decades. He is respected. Admired in the courtroom. Happy at home with the loves of his life: his wife, Laurie, and their teenage son, Jacob. Then Andy s quiet suburb is stunned by a shocking crime: a young boy stabbed to death in a leafy park. And an even greater shock: The accused is Andy s own son shy, awkward, mysterious Jacob. Andy believes in Jacob s innocence. Any parent would. But the pressure mounts. Damning evidence. Doubt. A faltering marriage. The neighbors contempt. A murder trial that threatens to obliterate Andy s family. It is the ultimate test for any parent: How far would you go to protect your child? It is a test of devotion. A test of how well a parent can know a child. For Andy Barber, a man with an iron will and a dark secret, it is a test of guilt and innocence in the deepest sense. How far would "you" go? 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""

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  • Paperback | 435 pages
  • 132.08 x 203.2 x 38.1mm | 408.23g
  • 03 Sep 2013
  • Bantam
  • New York
  • English
  • 0345533666
  • 9780345533661
  • 291,718

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William Landay is the author of "The Strangler, "a" Los Angeles Times" Favorite Crime Book of the Year, and "Mission Flats, "winner of the Creasey Memorial Dagger Award for Best First Crime Novel and a Barry Award nominee. A former district attorney who holds degrees from Yale and Boston College Law School, Landay lives in Boston, where he is at work on his next novel of suspense.

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"Ingenious . . . Nothing is predictable. All bets are off."--Janet Maslin, "The New York Times " "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 "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 . . . [Landay] keeps you turning the pages through the shocking gut-punch of an ending."--"Entertainment Weekly " "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 " "Not since Scott Turow has a crime thriller--any thriller, though this too happens to be a literary legal thriller--shaken me by the throat like this. It's a stunning, shocking, emotionally harrowing ride in which the reader is plunged into a riveting but terrible murder trial and the equally heartbreaking implosion of a loving family."--"Daily Mail " "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 " "[William] Landay does the seemingly impossible by coming up with a new wrinkle in the crowded subgenre of courtroom thrillers. . . . It's inevitable that he'll be compared to Scott Turow, but this novel succeeds on its own merits."--"Kirkus Reviews"

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