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Defending Jacob

A Novel
Landay, William (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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
Authors: Landay, William
Title: Defending Jacob
a novel
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Books, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 421 p. ;,24 cm.
ISBN: 0385344228
9780385344227
Statement of Responsibility: William Landay
Subject Headings: Massachusetts Fiction. Murder Investigation Fiction. Public prosecutors Fiction.
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction.
Topical Term: Murder
Public prosecutors
LCCN: 2011011623
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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, An... Read More »


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Apr 18, 2014
  • sharonb122 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was very good. Fast-paced plot and intrigueing mystery and characters. Clever and left many questions to think about. Sort of a mixture of John Grisham with the mystery/courtroom drama with a little Jodi Picoult with the cutting edge moral questions and theories. I will read more of Landay's novels.

Dec 29, 2013
  • 1simona1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Stellar suspense story with lots of depth and layers like high quality chocolate.
The main character's love for his wife and child was emotionally wrenching. I'll definitely seek out more titles by Landay.

Dec 24, 2013
  • redworc rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Interesting plot. The courtroom scenes were a bit much. You can speed read through and still know what's going on. Won't look for any more by this author.

one of the most disturbing books i have ever read. I liked reading it but wow, it was tough

Nov 06, 2013
  • hunsister rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent read. Very compelling look at how parents deal with their children in times of stress. I personally would have acted differently but I still appreciated the feelings of the parents and their struggles in this novel.

"For 20 years, Andy Berber has been happy with his law career as a prosecutor and his home life in suburban Massachusetts. All that changes, however, when his son is accused of murdering a fellow middle-schooler. Throwing his all into the investigation and - for the first time - into a law defense, Andy must make wrenching decisions as he considers that his son may in fact be guilty. Compared to the best work of Scott Turow and John Grisham, Defending Jacob is a suspenseful, character-driven thriller from an award-winning author." Thrillers and Suspense October 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=688170

Aug 16, 2013
  • reader10000 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Comparisons to Presumed Innocent are obvious, but should not be considered too strongly. Presumed Innocent was written 25 years ago. Everything about it was so "adult" - the plotting, the characters, the ending. Defending Jacob comes across like a cheap and bad imitation - especially with the ending. The courtroom scenes were - for the most part - nothing special. Many have commented on the parents' actions arising from their love of Jacob. I saw it more as denial and loss of face. After a while, it got tired. Comparisons to Ordinary People are more appropriate.

I didn't see the end coming. I thought it was going to be something else (SPOILER ALERT). I thought Andy was Ben's killer. Andy was certainly narcissistic as shown in his grand jury testimony. He put down those who saw things differently. He certainly had a temper.

Will probably try another of the author's books. Hope that it's more original.

Aug 08, 2013
  • twiddowson rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Jumping back and forth from court procedures to previous events, I wasn't sure I was going to really get into this book at first. But it snared me and reeled me in and I am glad it did. Always a mystery and didn't see the end coming.

Wonderful storytelling. Each chapter kept me on my toes all the way to the end, with it being one of the best endings ever. My favorite line: "We'll, I don't want to get all Cliff Huxtable here, but I don't think you're nothing. Who's Cliff Huxtable? Never mind." Haha.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: This is a thought-provoking book centered on a murder in a small town. The suspect is the son of the local assistant District Attorney. Their family history raises the question of a genetic pre-disposition to violence, and the final twist will leave you in a quandry yourself.

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Jun 10, 2014
  • Bluejay_4 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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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