In an interview with the author at the back of the book, he says he wanted this story to be one of those what if situations, and he met that goal with defending jacob. This novel is great from the beginning, meaty in the middle, and unabletoputdown in the end. Defending jacob by william landay was the book pick for may at my lovely south austin book club. With chris evans, michelle dockery, jaeden martell, cherry jones. What made this an interesting read for me was the combination of the legal side of the crime, the courtroom drama and the emotional family drama of a family in crisis after their son jacob is. Assistant district attorney andy barber is called to a gruesome crime scene after ben rifkin, a 14yearold boy, has been brutally stabbed in a city park. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, laurie, and son, jacob. Andy barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban massachusetts county for more than twenty years. Defending jacob is an american crimedrama novel written by novelist william landay. Tragic and shocking, defending jacob is sure to generate buzz.
The series was created and written by mark bomback and directed by morten tyldum. Not only is it one of the joys of reading to be able to discuss the book you just read, ideally with. Andy barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban massachusetts county for more than 20 years. The book takes the reader through jacobs court case, family tension, and controversial thoughts like is being a murderer genetic. How to prestigetv a bestseller to death apples attempt to get in on the moviestarsinminiseries racket is a textbook case of how to flatline an adaptation. These book discussion questions are highly detailed and will ruin plot points, if you have not read the book. May 04, 2020 i found defending jacob to be an original, gripping, complex, and an interesting crime thriller as well as emotional and a thought provoking family drama. Defending jacob by william landay book club discussion. Although first published in 2003, it still holds up as a universal comingofage bildungsroman and glimpse into daily and political life at the time in nigeria. Defending jacob tells the story of a father dealing.
Defending jacob is smart, sophisticated, and suspenseful capturing both the complexity and stunning fragility of family life lee child riveting, suspenseful, and emotionally searing linwood barclay william landay is being talked about as a new scott turow or john grisham, having been one of bostons district attorneys. When ben rifkin, jacob s classmate, is found stabbed to death in the woods, internet accusations and incontrovertible evidence point to big, handsome jacob. Defending jacob is narrated by the father, andy barber, and transcripts of parts of the trial have his voice, also. At first glance, n ew series, defending jacob, has the necessary ingredients to be an engaging ride. Defending jacob book club discussion questions for july 9, 20. Defending jacob tv tiein edition by william landay reading. The limited drama series is a gripping, characterdriven thriller based on the 2012 new york times best selling novel of the same name by william landay. And thats what makes defending jacob such a stunning example of a legal thriller, a wickedly successful example of niche writing that keeps you turning pages well into the dark of the night.
The novel opens with a bang the death of a 14yearold boy and andy barber, the protagonist, is the assistant district attorney. A site dedicated to book lovers providing a forum to discover and share commentary about the books and authors they enjoy. Reading guide for defending jacob by william landay. Andy barber has been an assistant district attorney in his. Defending jacob, by william landay the new york times. Jan 15, 2019 defending jacob by william landay was a book club selection.
Praise for defending jacob a novel like this comes along maybe once a decade. A few things that dont make sense to me with regard to the rifkin murder 1jacob had no blood on him except for his thumb and he was seen by many classmates right after the murder occurred, yet no one suspected anything. This study guide consists of approximately 59 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of defending jacob. If you love to read, you need to find a good book club. He tells the story looking on as more suspicions about his son and even evidence turn up, and he watches his. Told from the point of view of andy barber, a wellrespected assistant district attorney in massachusetts, we learn of the fatal stabbing of a young student. How to prestigetv a bestseller to death apples attempt to get in on the moviestarsinminiseries racket is a. Please call your local branch to reserve this title for your club. The friday morning bookclubs favorite book for 2012. Mar 22, 2017 defending jacob by william landay was a quick read i got through it in two days.
I found defending jacob to be an original, gripping, complex, and an interesting crime thriller as well as emotional and a thought provoking family drama. Welcome, and thanks for your interest in defending jacob. Defending jacob was the perfect book club book and a must read. Now, i should say that i dont frequently read crimemystery novels. The tech giant has given a straighttoseries order to the drama defending jacob, which. It seems ben was not the paragon of virtue he was made out to be, for he had a mean streak and had been harassing jacob. Andys prosecutorial gut insists a child molester is the real killer, but as jacob s trial proceeds and andys marriage crumbles under the forced revelation of old secrets, horror builds on. There were a few surprises in the end that gave me the goosebumps susan r.
Feb 23, 20 defending jacob is very much in the suspense genre. It tells the story of a father dealing with the accusation that his 14yearold son is a murderer. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. The book was published in january 2012 by random house.
In this novel, andy barber, an assistant district attorney, who finds his personal and professional life thrown into turmoil when his son, jacob barber, is accused of murdering his classmate ben rifkin. The book tackles hard questions about parents responsibility for the bad deeds of their children. Blc book club our next book will be defending jacob by william landay. Content includes books from bestselling, midlist and debut authors. You can also read posts from my blog about the novel here. Reading guide for defending jacob by william landay discussion guide for book clubs. Before the end of jacobs trial, a twist in the story occurs, but the biggest twist of all is at the end of the book. Defending jacob book club discussion questions for july. Defending jacob is very much in the suspense genre. A former district attorney who holds degrees from yale and boston college law school, landay. Jacob, i sullenly read on, primarily because it was this months selection for my book club at the adult center. Defending jacob by william landay was the book pick for may at my lovely.
Apr 28, 2017 defending jacob is a 421page novel that moved me on so many levels, and its a book i would recommend to anyone, regardless if youre a parent or not, or even if you usually favor other genres. I just finished this book, and my thoughts while reading it were, at first, jacob seems more and more guilty. Along the way to the courtroom, andy is forced to cough up an unfortunate. But when a crime shatters their new england town, andy is shocked to learn that jacob is charged with the murder of a fellow student. Along the way to the courtroom, andy is forced to cough up an unfortunate fact. I can say without a doubt that i absolutely look forward to reading william landays other books. Only at target, find the september, 20, club pick defending jacob by william landay. Chris evans to star in defending jacob limited series at. With so much grey to discuss, it would make a great choice for a book club. Defending jacob target club pick sept 20 paperback. A book you will just have to discuss as soon as you turn that last page.
It stars chris evans, michelle dockery, jaeden martell, cherry jones, pablo schreiber, betty gabriel, and sakina jaffrey. One of my alltime favorites, defending jacob is one of only two books ive read cover to cover twice. The interview gives some information and insight into the authors writing, and there is also a list of questions for a study guide. Which is basically the only reason i got to the end of defending jacob, the legal thriller from william landay that topped more book club. The series was created by mark bomback and is set to star chris evans and be directed by morten tyldum. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Mar 05, 20 assistant district attorney andy barber is happy with his wife and 14yearold son, jacob. He wrote 3 books and the last one was defending jacob in 2012. It is a story about a district attorney whose son is being accused of murder. In the publicity material for william landays defending jacob, its publisher and several advance readers liken the novel to scott turows presumed innocent, arguably the finest of. Set in newton, massachusetts, defending jacob explores the lengths a father will go to in order to protect his son. Feb, 2012 and in a book called defending jacob, rest assured that it does.
Happy at home with the loves of his life, his wife, laurie, and. A few things that dont make sense to me with regard to the rifkin murder 1 jacob had no blood on him except for his thumb and he was seen by many classmates right after the murder occurred, yet no one suspected anything amiss. Videos about the book are available on youtube welcome, and thanks for your interest in. Lisa gardner disturbing, complex, and gripping, defending jacob is impossible to put down. Defending jacob by william landay was a book club selection. Not only is it one of the joys of reading to be able to discuss the book you just read. Following bens murder, jacob is suddenly charged with first degree murder of his fellow classmate. Defending jacob by william landay was a quick read i got through it in two days. Ive been a proud member now for almost five years, i think. And in a book called defending jacob, rest assured that it does. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, laurie, and son. Plus, the two parenting styles can be relatable for parent readers.
Macdonald public library book club 1 defending jacob explores the emerging science of behavioral genetics and neurocriminology the notion that, as a predictor of criminal behavior, nature may indeed be as significant as nurture. With its relentless suspense, its mesmerizing prose, and a shocking twist at the end, its every bit as good as scott turows great presumed innocent. Jan 07, 20 defending jacob was a page turner complete with lots of surprises. First there is the paternal love of a father for his son. Defending jacob target club pick sept 20 paperback by. Apr 24, 2020 at first glance, n ew series, defending jacob, has the necessary ingredients to be an engaging ride. Read defending jacob absolutely for free at readanybook. Associated press andy barber has been an assistant district attorney for two decades. William landay is the author of the new york times bestseller defending jacob. Defending jacob is a 421page novel that moved me on so many levels, and its a book i would recommend to anyone, regardless if youre a parent or not, or even if you usually favor other genres.
Landay totally surprises everyone, characters and readers alike. Andy barber is an assistant district attorney in newton, massachusetts. Kambili is a fifteen year old nigerian girl from a wealthy family. But by the time i began to imagine defending jacob, i was thinking of crime in a different wayand thinking of crime. The main character, 14yearold jacob barber, is a smart young kid who was frequently bullied by ben rifkin. As far as book club books go, defending jacob is the grand poobah of book choices, giving you as many controversial topics to discuss as any jodi picoult novel. Defending jacob is an american crime drama novel written by novelist william landay. A book that you will not be able to get out of your head. This court room drama takes place in massachusetts. The possibility of a murder gene, a parents responsibility for his childrens actions and the. Awardwinning author william landay has written the consummate novel of an embattled family in crisis a suspenseful, characterdriven mystery that is also a spellbinding tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying speed at which our lives can spin out of control. Andy barber is a wellrespected assistant district attorney. The quiet new england town is known as a good place to raise kids. Feb 01, 2012 landay does the seemingly impossible by coming up with a new wrinkle in the crowded subgenre of courtroom thrillers.1364 1278 844 1107 866 326 1277 488 248 1344 1000 858 102 1368 628 165 890 1239 1504 1025 388 686 1207 111 1380 258 1113 859