Defending Jacob

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Defending Jacob

Format:  Paperback,

476 pages

Publisher: Random House

Publish Date: Feb 2013

ISBN-13: 9780440246138

ISBN-10: 044024613X

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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 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"

Specifications

Publisher: Random House
Publish Date: Feb 2013
ISBN-13: 9780440246138
ISBN-10: 044024613X
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 476
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.55
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.25 x 6.75 x 1.25

About the author

Biography of Landay, William

William Landay is an American novelist who was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1963. He is a graduate of Yale University and Boston College Law School. Prior to becoming a writer, he served for eight years as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Landay is the author of the New York Times bestseller Defending Jacob. His previous novels are Mission Flats, which won the Dagger Award as best debut crime novel of 2003, and The Strangler, which was an L.A. Times favorite crime novel and was nominated for the Strand Magazine Critics Award as best crime novel of 2007.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2012-05-15)

Assistant District Attorney Andy Barber, his wife, Laurie, and their 14-year-old son, Jacob, are the stereotypical happy suburban family until the boy is accused of brutally murdering a classmate. During the suspenseful trial, Andy and Laurie discover how little they know their boy-and each other.

Verdict: Grover Gardner does an excellent job reading the audiobook. He captures the insolence and dignity of Andy's dysfunctional father, Laurie's hopelessness, and Andy's determination to exonerate Jacob. Recommended for legal thriller fans.

- Ilka Gordon, Siegal Coll. of Judaic Studies Lib., Cleveland

(c). Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2011-12-01)

Andy Barber has been the top district attorney in his small, middle-class, Massachusetts town for 20 years. When a teenage boy is murdered, Andy focuses on a neighborhood paedophile as the chief suspect. There are concerns about a conflict of interest since Andy's teenage son, Jacob, attended the same school as the murdered boy and the investigation seems to be lagging. But after Jacob's best friend provides evidence against him, Jacob is arrested. Andy is taken off the case and suspended, but he is determined to prove his son's innocence.

Verdict: This brilliant novel by the author of The Strangler and the award-winning Mission Flats is equal parts legal thriller and dysfunctional family saga, culminating in a shocking ending. Skillful plotting and finely drawn characters result in a haunting story reminiscent of Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent.

[See Prepub Alert, 8/8/11.] - Stacy Alesi, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., Boca Raton, FL

(c). Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Hammett Prize, 2012 (United States)

Book description

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 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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