Parents tend to protect and defend their children from many forms of adversity. But how far is too far? Defending Jacob by William Landay tells the story of a lawyer who goes to extreme lengths to protect his son from a murder charge, despite evidence that he might be guilty.
“Landay’s sympathetic and very unreliable narrator is Andy Barber, an assistant district attorney in suburban Boston faced with a doozy of a dilemma: A 14-year-old boy named Ben Rifkin has been stabbed to death in the woods near the local school — and Andy’s son, Jacob, is the one who’s been arrested for the crime.” – Thom Geier, EW.com
“The ability to create original, even astonishing plots is not evenly bestowed on writers. Far too often, readers see what’s coming a mile away. But of late, I’ve devoured two novels that provide endings as brilliant, as shocking as any I can recall. One is Defending Jacob.” – Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post
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