Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Defending Jacob by William Landay

Andy Barber is the assistant district attorney working on the murder case of 14 year old Ben Ripkin, a fellow classmate of his son Jacob, who was found stabbed in the woods.  Andy is taken off the case when evidence points to his son Jacob and he is arrested and charged with murder.  Did Jacob kill his classmate? If not him, then who did?  Jacob could be a killer that the jury sets free, or he could be an innocent boy, about to be sent to prison for life.  This is a suspenseful legal thriller where family loyalty and parental love is put to the test.  You see the unraveling of a family.  It confronts community, adolescence, the impact of the internet and social media, and the possibility of genetic inherited behavior.  It draws you in and is hard to put down with twists and turns that take you by surprise right up to the end.

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