Daily Archives: May 1, 2012

*** Defending Jacob by William Landay

Defending Jacob is a thriller about a teenager who is accused of killing a classmate and his father, who happens to be the district attorney who is handling the case — and who is promptly asked to relinquish it, although he will spend the rest of the story trying to prove that his son is innocent. The author worked as a district attorney so it’s perhaps not surprising that the legal side of the story feels just right, but he also manages to lay out the father’s complicated emotions, from his relief that the dead boy is not his son, to his shamed and very belated admission to his wife that his estranged father was a murderer, to his manic search for an alternate killer, cutting many corners of the law he knows so well. Great, unexpected ending, to boot.

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