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 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 ...Read MoreA 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 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? The hype is justified. . . . Exceptionally serious, suspenseful, engrossing.--The Washington Post Ingenious . . . Nothing is predictable. All bets are off.--Janet Maslin, The New York Times Gripping . . . [Landay] keeps you turning the pages through the shocking gut-punch of an ending.--Entertainment WeeklyRead Less
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Interesting story, great book club book as lots to discuss. Kept my interest the entire book.
May 3, 2013
Made or born??
Psychopaths, are they made by society or are they born that way?? "Jacob" is full of all the questions we are asking ourselves today every time we read the headlines or turn on CNN. It IS a novel, but it will make you question bullying, your parenting skills and your knowledge of your own children. I am using it in my book club and passing it along to all my friends.
Jun 9, 2012
Wonderful story You keep thinking about it after you have finished the book
Publishers Weekly, 2011-10-24 Andy Barber, a respected First Assistant DA who lives in Newton, Mass., with his gentle wife, Laurie, and their 14-year-old son, Jacob, must face the unthinkable in Dagger Award-winner Landay's harrowing third suspense novel. When Ben Rifkin, Jacob's classmate, is found stabbed to death in the woods, Internet accusations and incontrovertible evidence point to big, handsome Jacob. Andy's prosecutorial gut insists a child molester is the real killer, but as Jacob's trial proceeds and Andy's marriage crumbles under the forced revelation of old secrets, horror builds on horror toward a breathtakingly brutal outcome. Landay (The Strangler), a former DA, mixes gritty court reporting with Andy's painful confrontation with himself, forcing readers willy-nilly to realize the end is never the end when, as Landay claims, the line between truth and justice has become so indistinct as to appear imaginary. This searing narrative proves the ancient Greek tragedians were right: the worst punishment is not death but living with what you-knowingly or unknowingly-have done. Author tour. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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