Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Defending Jacob by William Landay

District Attorney Andy Barber's life is shattered when his teenage son, Jacob, is arrested for the murder of classmate Ben Rifkin. A single bloody fingerprint of Jacob's is found on Ben's sweatshirt, and this evidence, combined with the fact that Ben bullied Jacob (which might serve as a motive for killing him) leads to Jacob facing trial. The lives of Andy and his wife Laurie slowly unravel as they participate in the trial and wonder if their son could be capable of such violence. Andy's secret that both his father and grandfather were murderers casts an even bigger pall over the family. As more secrets come to the surface, one wonders if Jacob will be found not guilty and if that could allow the family to heal. The novel will be published later this month.

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