William Landay of Newton, Defending Jacob

William Landay of Defending Jacob at Newton Free Library

Newton Free Library Event with William Landay of Defending Jacob

William Landay of Defending Jacob is speaking at the Newton Free Library on Monday, November 26th at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30. Our book club has decided to attend this event instead of hosting our usual book club. Everyone who has read the book has raved about it. That it includes Newton landmarks is an added bonus! See you at this great free event!

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county (NEWTON!)  for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But 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.

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 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.

Award-winning author William Landay has written the consummate novel of an embattled family in crisis—a suspenseful, character-driven mystery that is also a spellbinding tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying speed at which our lives can spin out of control.

William Landay of Newton, Defending Jacob


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