Defending Jacob

Defending Jacob

A Novel

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2013, c2012.
Edition: Dell mass market ed.
ISBN: 9780440246138
044024613X
9780804176507
0804176507
9780345533661
0345533666
Characteristics: 421 p. ; 21 cm.

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KatG1983
Apr 15, 2019

This book could have used some major editing, as I found it to be a bit unnecessarily bloated. However the story is good, and the twists are interesting. The mini series should be a fun watch.

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Kimjean13
Apr 12, 2019

Being made into a mini-series with Chris Evans.

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tracysue
Feb 04, 2019

I was expecting a typical thriller or who done it type book but was pleasantly surprised to find this much more. It’s both interesting and thought provoking. Recommended.

kkoenigc Aug 28, 2017

What would you do as a district attorney if your son is charged with murder? This book examines the pull between loyalty and justice. A very surprising ending to boot.

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Alpha_zzz
Jul 05, 2017

There were times when I really had to push myself to read through this book. Admittedly, I skipped a few pages here and there because i thought it was very dry reading, and many parts seem to linger on the same issues.
What the book is not is predictable. I like books that don't spell everything out for you before you get to the end, and for that matter, I will say it was an interesting way to go with the book. And even though it was dry, it will probably be one of those stories that I will think about from time to time. It will sort of stay with you.

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o016800161
Jul 25, 2016

A great murder mystery/thriller!

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LoganHobo78
Jul 18, 2016

A solid legal-thriller. The pages fly by. Read the whole thing in a single afternoon. The second half of the book actually brings up a very controversial idea that keeps things moving, but doesn't explore it as fully as I would have liked.

People are putting this in the same league as Presumed Innocent and The Firm, but it's not THAT good. Still, if you've got a long plane ride, or an afternoon at the beach, this gets the job done.

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bibliovore
Jul 15, 2016

A true page-turner that keeps you guessing until the very end. I thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced legal thriller.

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JLMason
Jun 16, 2016

"Unputdownable". The story is told by the father, whose faith in his son is unshakeable. Is he right? Is his bias keeping him from seeing reality? Are we being kept from seeing reality because of the narrator's bias? Keep turning those pages!

TSCPL_Mpyko May 19, 2016

I really enjoyed this story. Strong characters and the story was a page-turner.

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JODI ARONOFF Jun 11, 2012

Andy Barber has been an assistant district atorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his comunity, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with hish wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His 14 year old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

every parental instinct Andy has rallies to protect his boy Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him. Andy must. He's his father. But as damning facts and shocking revelations surface, as a marriage threatens to crumble and the trial intensifies as the crisis reveals how little a father intensifies, 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.

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