Defending Jacob – William Landay

defending-jacob-book-coverI enjoyed this character-driven mystery by a talented writer with a compelling voice who is also a lawyer.  Andy Barber is an assistant district attorney in suburban Massachusetts living the good life.  He is well-respected, and happily married to wife, Laurie.  They have a son, Jacob.  Andy is completely blindsided when his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.  Jacob insists he’s innocent.  Andy believes him, yet damning facts and shocking revelations surface before and during the trial, forcing him to realize how little he knows his child.  They are an embattled family in crisis as they face the trauma of the trial and it’s aftermath.  A shocking twist proves the perfect conclusion to this well-crafted courtroom drama.   

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