Defending Jacob

Defending Jacob

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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""show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 421 pages
  • 157.48 x 241.3 x 50.8mm | 635.03g
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0385344228
  • 9780385344227
  • 352,726

About William Landay

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 more

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Advance praise for "Defending Jacob" "William Landay makes bold use of his genuine storytelling gift, his amazing ability to craft believable dialogue, and, above all, his extraordinary understanding of what it means to be a husband and father to present us with an unforgettable tale of an ordinary marriage and family in crisis. On the surface this novel reads like a first-rate thriller, but at its heart it's a love story. It's the story of a man who adores his wife and child, but more than that, it's a novel that describes the fine edge between love and madness, and the lies we sometimes tell ourselves. Landay has proven himself to be an extraordinary writer, and "Defending Jacob" is an amazing novel. Do yourself a favor and read it. It's that good."--Nicholas Sparks ""Defending Jacob" is smart, sophisticated, and suspenseful--capturing both the complexity and stunning fragility of family life."--Lee Child "Powerful . . . leaves you gasping breathlessly at each shocking revelation."--Lisa Gardner "A page-turning, stomach-clenching exploration of family."--Chevy Stevens "A stunning novel that will be compared to classic courtroom thrillers like" Presumed Innocent" and" Anatomy of a Murder.""--Phillip Margolin "So well-written, every character so movingly and convincingly drawn, the plot so utterly enthralling . . . "Defending Jacob" is absolutely stellar, first-rate fiction--human, sensitive, and gripping in the extreme."--Lisa Unger "More than a terrific legal thrill ride, "Defending Jacob "is an unflinching appraisal of the darkest, most poignant consequences of the love that binds, and blinds, families. It's one of those rare books that call for contemplation and insight along with every breathtaking surprise."--Stephen White "Landay spins a tale of such complexity and emotion that you don't even realize you're spiraling deep into his world until he spits you out at his shocking, shattering conclusshow more