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Defending Jacob (2012)

de William Landay

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Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student. Every parental instinct Andy has rallies to protect his boy. Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him. But as damning facts and shocking revelations surface, as a marriage threatens to crumble and the trial intensifies, and as the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own--between loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, between a past he's tried to bury and a future he cannot conceive.… (mais)
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Defending Jacob is a suspenseful thriller about doubts, parenting, and murder. Where does the buck stop? Should parents be held accountable for what their children do? When a fourteen-year-old, Ben Rifkin, is found dead, a fellow high school student, Jacob Barber, is accused of stabbing him to death. But is a child capable of such violence? Are there other factors at play? Andy and Laurie Barber, the parents, can barely navigate what comes next. The author takes us through the investigation, the trial, and a shocking conclusion in this edge-of-your-murder mystery. I highly recommend this one; you won’t be disappointed. ( )
  PaulaGalvan | Mar 2, 2024 |
I'm speechless. I don't even know what to say. It was good in that I could not put it down, but very disturbing. Definitely not a feel good book!
  mjphillips | Feb 23, 2024 |
Suspense
  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
KIRKUS REVIEWLanday does the seemingly impossible by coming up with a new wrinkle in the crowded subgenre of courtroom thrillers.Assistant District Attorney Andy Barber is called to a gruesome crime scene after Ben Rifkin, a 14-year-old boy, has been brutally stabbed in a city park. One suspect seems likely, a pedophile who lives nearby and is known to frequent the park, but suspicion turns quickly to another, much more unlikely, suspectAndy?s son Jacob, one of Ben?s classmates. It seems Ben was not the paragon of virtue he was made out to be, for he had a mean streak and had been harassing Jacob...but is this a sufficient motive for a 14-year-old to commit murder? Some of Jacob?s fellow students post messages on Facebook suggesting he?s guilty of the crime, and Jacob also admits to having shown a ?cool? knife to his friends. When Andy finds the knife, he quickly disposes of it, but even he?s not sure if he does this because he suspects his son is innocent or because he suspects his son is guilty. Complicating the family dynamic is Laurie, Jacob?s mother, who?s at least half convinced that her son might indeed be capable of such a heinous act¥and it turns out Andy has concealed his own past from Laurie because both his father and grandfather have been murderers, and he fears he may have both inherited and passed down to Jacob a gene associated with aggressive behavior in males.Landay is yet another lawyer-turned-writer, and it?s inevitable that he?ll be compared to Scott Turow, but this novel succeeds on its own merits.
  bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
Engrossing page turner. Some interesting surprises. Will look for other books by this author. ( )
  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
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Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student. Every parental instinct Andy has rallies to protect his boy. Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him. But as damning facts and shocking revelations surface, as a marriage threatens to crumble and the trial intensifies, and as the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own--between loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, between a past he's tried to bury and a future he cannot conceive.

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