Defending Jacob by William Landay
Imagine this. You are a successful prosecuter, happily married, and the father of a smart, handsome, 14 year old son. And then, one day, you go out on a call that turns out to be the murder of a student at your son's school. It's tragic and as both a father and a prosecuter, you want to handle this case. And then, it turns out that the only real suspect is your son.
In this book, author William Landay has taken a step beyond just telling a great story. Half the fun of this book is how the story is told. Landay masterfully develops the story in a way that makes the reader feel the pain of the main character, Andy Barber, as his career crashes, his marriage disintegrates, his finances are ravaged, and his deepest secrets are revealed.
This is a difficult book to review because I do not want to give away any of the good stuff. For me, an important part of the "good stuff" is in the telling.
Here is one thing I can tell you. I read a lot of mysteries and if you are a mystery lover, this is a book you simply must read.
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