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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Defending Jacob

Defending JacobDefending Jacob by William Landay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first William Landay book I have read. He is a great story teller. I would have enjoyed the book much better had he not used such bad language (cursing). The story is about a Father and son. The father (Andy) is an assistant DA. When a middle school boy is discovered murdered Andy investigates. His superior recommends that he not take the case since the murdered boy attends the same school as his son. It is a sad part of the story when Andy's son is accused of the murder. To make things more complicated, Andy has never told anyone but his father and grandfather were both murderers. Andy knows there is a theory that a "murder" gene could link him and his son to be prone to the same way of life. The son, Jacob, has lots of social issues but his Dad and Mom love him with that type of love only a Mom and Dad can have for their children. The story goes back and forth between Andy being questioned in front of a grand jury and Andy telling the story of the incident from beginning to end. It has many twist and turns in the story. The author is a former assistant DA himself. There is a lot of court room drama in the book which I love. If you enjoy books about the law you will enjoy this book!


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