Defending Jacob: A Novel

By William Landay

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“A felony mystery that’s equivalent to classics comparable to Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent . . . Tragic and shocking, protecting Jacob is certain to generate buzz.”—Associated Press

Andy Barber has been an assistant district lawyer for 2 a long time. he's revered. popular within the court docket. chuffed at domestic with the loves of his lifestyles: his spouse, Laurie, and their teenage son, Jacob.

Then Andy’s quiet suburb is surprised by way of a surprising crime: a tender boy stabbed to dying in a leafy park. And a good larger surprise: The accused is Andy’s personal son—shy, awkward, mysterious Jacob.

Andy believes in Jacob’s innocence. Any mother or father could. however the strain mounts. Damning facts. Doubt. A faltering marriage. The acquaintances’ contempt. A homicide trial that threatens to obliterate Andy’s family.

It is the final word attempt for any mum or dad: How a ways could you visit safeguard your baby? it's a attempt of devotion. A try of the way good a father or mother can be aware of a toddler. For Andy Barber, a guy with an iron will and a dismal mystery, it's a try out of guilt and innocence within the inner most sense.

How a long way might you go?

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“Gripping, emotional homicide saga . . . The surprising finishing can have readers pulling up their bedcovers to thrust back the haunting chill.”—People
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“Even with unforeseen twists and turns, the 2 narratives interlock just like the tooth of a zip, construction to a difficult and unflinching finale. This novel has significant movie written everywhere it.”—The Boston Globe
“Yes, this e-book got here out in January. No, we're not performed speaking approximately it.”—Entertainment Weekly

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They’re cut up up. My dad’s out of the image. I stay with my mother. ” “Oh. I’m sorry to listen to that. ” “It’s no massive deal. ” “Well, Sarah, glance, you’re all our youngsters, you recognize. All you childrens in Jacob’s category, even those I don’t understand, I care approximately. we all mom and dad consider that manner. ” She rolled her eyes. “You don’t think that? ” “No. You don’t even understand me. ” “That’s precise. nonetheless, I care what occurs to you simply an identical. I care approximately this college, this city. I’m unlikely to simply enable this occur. This isn’t going away. you already know that? ” “Is someone chatting with Jacob? ” “You suggest my son Jacob? ” “Yeah. ” “Of path. ” “Okay. ” “Why do you assert that? ” “No cause. ” “There needs to be a cause. what's it, Sarah? ” the lady studied her lap. “The cop who got here to our category acknowledged shall we inform you issues anonymously? ” “That’s correct. There’s a tip line. ” “How will we recognize you won’t attempt to, like, work out who gave a tip? I suggest, that’s whatever you’d need to know, correct? Who stated anything? ” “Sarah, come on. what's it you need to say? ” “How can we are aware of it will remain nameless? ” “You simply need to belief us, i suppose. ” “Trust who? You? ” “Me. Detective Duffy. There’s lots of people engaged on this situation. ” “What if I simply …” She seemed up. “Look, I’m not likely to deceive you, Sarah. should you inform me whatever the following, it’s no longer nameless. My task is to trap the fellow who did this, yet it’s additionally to attempt him in courtroom and for that I’ll desire witnesses. I’d be mendacity if I instructed you any diversified. I’m attempting to be sincere with you right here. ” “Okay. ” She thought of. “I quite don’t understand whatever. ” “You yes approximately that? ” “Yes. ” I seemed her within the eye only a second to allow her be aware of I wasn’t fooled, then I accredited her lie. I pulled a company card from my pockets. “This is my card. I’m going to write down my cellular phone quantity at the again. My own e mail too. ” I slid the cardboard around the table. “You can touch me every time, ok? every time. And I’ll do what i will be able to to appear out for you. ” “Okay. ” She took the cardboard and stood up. She regarded down at her fingers, at her hands. Her fingertips have been stained with black ink, imperfectly wiped off. the entire scholars on the college have been being fingerprinted that day, “voluntarily,” although there have been jokes in regards to the implications of refusing. Sarah frowned on the ink stains, then crossed her palms to conceal them and in that awkward posture she stated, “Hey, am i able to ask you whatever, Mr. Barber? Are you ever the undesirable cop? ” “No, by no means. ” “Why now not? ” “It’s simply now not me, i assume. ” “So how do you do your task, then? ” “I have an average streak, deep down. belief me. ” “You simply disguise it? ” “I simply cover it. ” That evening, a bit ahead of 11, i used to be on my own within the kitchen, utilizing my notebook computer which I had organize at the kitchen counter. i used to be cleansing up a few strange bits of labor, answering emails more often than not. a brand new message arrived in my inbox. the topic line read—shouted—“RE: BEN RIFKIN >>> README. ” It was once from a Gmail deal with, tylerdurden982@gmail. com. The time stamp learn 10:54:27 PM. The message contained a unmarried line, a link: “Look the following.

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