Evening Book Club

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Book Cover Defending Jacob by WIlliam Landy  Monday, July 20th at 7:00 pm


 Defending Jacob by William Landy


  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 their 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


“A novel like this comes along maybe once a decade . . . a tour de force, a full-blooded legal thriller about a murder trial and the way it shatters a family. With its relentless suspense, its mesmerizing prose, and a shocking twist at the end, it’s every bit as good as Scott Turow’s great Presumed Innocent. But it’s also something more: an indelible domestic drama that calls to mind Ordinary People and We Need to Talk About Kevin. A spellbinding and unforgettable literary crime novel.”—Joseph Finder


“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 each shocking revelation.”—Lisa Gardner


“Disturbing, complex, and gripping, Defending Jacob is impossible to put down. William Landay is a stunning talent.”—Carla Neggers


“Riveting, suspenseful, and emotionally searing.”—Linwood Barclay



Evening Book Club 2020 Book List

January- The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old by Hendrik Groen

February- A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel by Amor Towles

March- The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry

April- Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid

May- Circe: A Novel by Madeline Miller

June- The Huntress: A Novel by Kate Quinn

July- Defending Jacob by WIlliam Landy

August- The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

September- Ordinary Grace by WIlliam Kent Krueger

October- The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

November- The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

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Defending Jacob: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345533661
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bantam - September 3rd, 2013