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Defending Jacob
by William Landay
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Delacorte, 2012 (2012)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Anyone who has a child will appreciate the dilemma Assistant District Attorney Andy Barber finds himself in. A respected member of his community and a bulldog in the courtroom, Barber finds his professional and personal life ripped apart when the unthinkable happens.

His fourteen year old son is charged with the murder of a classmate. Of course Barber intends to do everything in his power to protect Jacob, but a series of revelations and the evidence will make that a daunting task.

Determined to defend his son in the courtroom, Barber will go up against a formidable and knowledgeable prosecution team led by a man he trained. With his marriage teetering on the rocks and his son's freedom at stake, Andy Barber is about to face a legal battle that will challenge his skill as a lawyer and his role as a parent.

Of the situation he creates in this novel William Landay writes, 'Ordinary parents are shocked at what they find when they finally do check out what their son has been up to on the internet. I think that is probably a common experience, or would be if more parents were more alert to the danger.'

If you enjoy legal thrillers and riveting courtroom drama, Defending Jacob is a novel you won't want to miss. It is an unforgettable story that hits close to home and may well be one of the blockbusters of the year.

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