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Defending Jacob by William Landay
. . .the legal thriller Defending Jacob by William Landay.  Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. When a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student. As the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own-- between loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, between a past he's tried to bury and a future he cannot conceive.

"This brilliant novel. . .is equal parts legal thriller and dysfunctional family saga, culminating in a shocking ending. Skillful plotting and finely drawn characters result in a haunting story reminiscent of Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent."  (Library Journal Reviews)

"Landay . . reaches a new level of excellence in this riveting, knock-your-socks-off legal thriller. With its masterfully crafted characterizations and dialogue, emotional depth, and frightening implications, the novel rivals the best of Scott Turow and John Grisham. Don't miss it." (Booklist Starred Review)

Book-to-Movie Alert: Warner Brothers Studios purchased the screen rights to this book back in 2012 (read article here) however there is no further information about the movie deal and IMDB.com lists the movie as "In Development."

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