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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