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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 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?

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

BONUS: This edition contains excerpts from William Landay's Mission Flats and The Strangler and a Defending Jacob discussion guide.

GENRE
Mysteries & Thrillers
RELEASED
2012
January 31
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
432
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
7.6
MB

Customer Reviews

Vickielr ,

In Defense of Jacob

This is quite a good story with surprises when you aren't expecting them. It's very much the way I think a family would handle the things they have to face, meaning I think it's very true to life-like. I enjoyed it more and more until finally I couldn't do any of my work because I couldn't stop reading it. I'll
Recommend it to all of my reading friends.
VR in Wichata

pamh12 ,

Awesome!

I couldn't put my iPad down. This book takes some unexpected twists and left me wanting more! I'm going to purchase Mr. Landays other works expecting to lose another nights sleep. Happy reading!

GrapeRadio.com ,

Weak

None of the 3 main characters is likable. The husband is controlling, patronizing and self centered. The wife (most likable) is smart but falls apart when things get tough. The son seems unable to string more than 2 sentences together. The writer must feel the reader is stupid due to the tendency to repeat major plot points just in case we missed it the previous 3 times. I think this could have made an ok short story but as a novel it's stretched very thin.

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