Defending Jacob is an outstanding thriller. A teenager is brutally killed in a Boston suburb and classmate Jacob Barber is arrested for the crime. This comes as a total surprise to Andy Barber, Jacob's dad and the DA that was assigned to the case. What follows is a study of family interactions, a tense courtroom drama and a look at nature vs. nurture. As the circumstantial evidence mounts--overwhelmingly--against Jacob, investigators never stop looking for the smoking gun that will clinch the case. The jury has to decide on the case from testimony alone. Do they have enough to convict? Did Jacob really do it? The investigation and court scenes ring true because of Landay's former job as a prosecutor, but he's also a great writer. Readers can make up their own mind despite the verdict, but I know who did it. And I'm not telling. Go read the book!
Rating: ****1/2 out of 5 stars