Defending Jacob



by Joseph Boyden

If your son was on trial for murder, what would you do?




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Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney for two decades. He is respected. Admired in the courtroom. Happy at home with the loves of his life: his wife, Laurie, and their teenage son, Jacob.

Then Andy’s quiet suburb is stunned by a shocking crime: a young boy stabbed to death in a leafy park. And an even greater shock: The accused is Andy’s own son—shy, awkward, mysterious Jacob.

Andy believes in Jacob’s innocence. Any parent would. But the pressure mounts. Damning evidence. Doubt. A faltering marriage. The neighbors’ contempt. A murder trial that threatens to obliterate Andy’s family.

It is the ultimate test for any parent: How far would you go to protect your child? It is a test of devotion. A test of how well a parent can know a child. For Andy Barber, a man with an iron will and a dark secret, it is a test of guilt and innocence in the deepest sense.

How far would you go?

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Book Condition

Used – Good




464 pages


September 3, 2013 by Bantam
First published January 31, 2012


Fiction, Crime, Mystery, Thriller


Barry Award Nominee for Best Novel (2013),
Hammett Prize Nominee (2012),
Strand Critics Award for Best Novel (2012),
Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Mystery & Thriller and for Goodreads Author (2012)