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February 15, 2013 at 2:14 pm Leave a comment

Defending JacobAndy Barber is 1st Assistant District Attorney in the affluent Massachusetts town of Newton, a suburb that is rocked when a fourteen-year-old middle school boy is found stabbed to death in the local park.  Andy’s instincts point him the direction of local child-groper Leonard Patz as the killer.  He is pursuing that lead when he is stunned by news from his office: Andy’s own fourteen-year-old son, Jacob, is accused of committing the murder.

Did Jacob do it?  Andy tells us over and over that he is convinced of Jacob’s innocence.  Yet Andy has carried around secrets for decades, secrets that may plant a seed of doubt and hinder the acquittal of his son.

Part murder mystery, part psychological exploration, Defending Jacob explores the unraveling of a family as they face devastating truth head-on.  The story is told through flashbacks, bookended by Andy’s testimony during a deposition before a grand jury.

Author William Landay’s style reminds me of John Grisham’s best writing, with a touch of Jodi Picoult-ish storytelling thrown in.  (However, Landay’s style has much less handwringing and overtelling than Picoult’s latest books.)  I could not put this book down once I started reading it.  I highly recommend!

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