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Defending Jacob Paperback – Mar 1 2012

4.3 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group (March 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409115380
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409115380
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.2 x 24 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #868,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Advance praise for "Defending Jacob" "William Landay makes bold use of his genuine storytelling gift, his amazing ability to craft believable dialogue, and, above all, his extraordinary understanding of what it means to be a husband and father to present us with an unforgettable tale of an ordinary marriage and family in crisis. On the surface this novel reads like a first-rate thriller, but at its heart it's a love story. It's the story of a man who adores his wife and child, but more than that, it's a novel that describes the fine edge between love and madness, and the lies we sometimes tell ourselves. Landay has proven himself to be an extraordinary writer, and "Defending Jacob" is an amazing novel. Do yourself a favor and read it. It's that good."--Nicholas Sparks ""Defending Jacob" is smart, sophisticated, and suspenseful--capturing both the complexity and stunning fragility of family life."--Lee Child "Powerful . . . leaves you gasping breathlessly at e

About the Author

William Landay was an assistant district attorney before he turned to writing. He lives in Boston.

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I really LOVED this book. It's different from other thriller/mystery books I've read, probably because of the legal/court/lawyer aspect of it, a different point of view from the usual police perspective. It's been about 2 months since I finished it, and I sometimes still think about it. Now that's a good sign! ;) I have since read "Mission Flats" from the same author (his first in the genre), and I like it too. However, Defending Jacob is for sure a star above.
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This story unwinds in two ways: as a classic whodunit and as a cerebral mystery surrounding father and parenthood. The two streams are wonderfully intertwined. This is one of those books that I'll probably brood on for a while before its full gravity can settle in. I'll also note that it's a great procedural drama as well; I learned a lot while being entertained!
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Format: Hardcover
As a parent, what would you do if your only son suddenly became implicated in the horrible murder of one of his class-mates? This is precisely the question Jacob's parents must answer. In the quiet suburban town of Newton, Massachusetts, Jacob's father, Andy Barber, is a highly respected assistant district attorney. When the body of a 14-year old boy is found stabbed to death in the town's park, Andy is immediately on the case. But the case is going nowhere fast and the police have no suspects and no leads. Then clues and details start pointing towards Jacob as the prime suspect and Andy is taken off the case. How well does Andy really know his own son, and just how far will he go to protect him?

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This legal thriller signals early on that there are no tidy solutions. You can't say you haven't been warned. Landry is simply brilliant at stringing you out with tension and surprising but completely believable twists along the way. The core theme of a father who may not know his son as well as he thinks he does, refuses to admit doubt, and tries to show unconditional love the only way he knows how makes this novel breathtaking and terrifying. It's obvious this book is about a father who defends his son against a murder charge. The rest you must discover for yourself.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This story is plain brilliant, with deep and moving characters, lofty ideas and an insight that gets my full respect.The descriptions are vivid, the setting wide and varied, and William Landlay has a good sense of things and knowledge. The connections made between Jacob and Andy Barber, his father, are well observed. The twists and interconnections in the story also reminds me of Triple Agent Double Cross.The story gripped me all the way to the end, made explosive by the final twist in the story.
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Very good story, and not at all predictable.....keeps you guessing until the very end....and even then your surprised. Masterful writing, amazing characters.
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Intelligent, heart-stopping, powerful, engaging.

So is your son a murderer or just a bit different?

The world has condemned him already.

What do you do? Nature or nurture - what shapes our ends?

This book takes you through the travels and travails of a scared family. If you love legal stories, enjoy detecting, beg for stories that are basically enthrall ing conversations, then this is THE book for you. Enjoy!
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While reading this book I kept thinking of so many families who experience a tragedy exactly like this How many times have I read about a son like this in the same situaton and the words : He was such a nice and quied child. This is a book difficult to put down.
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