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Defending Jacob : a novel
William Landay
Adult Fiction LANDAY

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Avatar for Laura P. Laura P. said:
Shocking and suspenseful story of an Assistant District Attorney whose son is charged with the murder of a classmate. Andy Barber has it all, a great position, pretty, popular wife and a son who is a “good kid”. He also has a secret he has not even shared with his wife: his father and grandfather were murderers. Is there such a thing as a murder gene? Andy does not believe it and has to believe Jacob is innocent; he owes it to him as his father. However, evidence starts to point toward Jacob and there is a disturbing psych evaluation. Andy destroys possible evidence and tries to cover up things as he professes no confidence in a jury’s ability to get it right. All in all a great read with very good characters. I tore through it in a day. Pretty well written with some interesting plot twists, a few clumsy attempts at symbolism are easy to overlook. Should pump up interest in Landay’s previous works.
posted Apr 1, 2012 at 5:22PM
Avatar for Kim B Kim B said:
A fast-paced intriguing court case about a DA’s 14-year-old son ultimately arrested for the murder the DA is investigating. The ending shocked me. I will look for Landay’s previous novels.
posted Aug 16, 2012 at 10:20AM
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Has been an assistant disctrict attorney in his county for more then twenty years; his fourteen year-old son has been charged with the murder of a fellow student.
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