|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Jan 2012|
|Number of Pages:||421|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.44|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.25 x 9.5 x 1.25|
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.
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.
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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
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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
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