Defending Jacob

Monday, July 9, 2012
William Landay

If you knew your child would potentially be a danger to others, would you turn him in?  Even if it meant he would spend the rest of his life in prison?  That's the question respected ADA Andy Barber and his wife face when their 14-year-old son is accused of murder in their small Massachusetts town.  I especially enjoyed the author's clever ploy of having what looked like typewritten grand jury testimony woven throughout the narrative.  It was also interesting to note the effect the murder charge had on this small, tightly knit family.  As Andy Barber noted at one point, they were already ruined financially regardless of the jury's verdict, and I've never much thought about that; although I am certain it is true.  The accusation itself is enough to irrevocably change your life.  This book truly is a legal thriller, and I must confess that it was good enough to fake me out.  As the reviewer from Publisher's Weekly stated, "...it  surely proves the ancient Greek tragedians were right:  the worst punishment is not death but living with what you - knowingly or unknowingly - have done."   Definitely worth reading.  Check our catalog.

Kathleen M., Administration

 

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