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Defending Jacob

A Novel

By William Landay

Defending Jacob
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  • Hardcover: Jan 2012,
    432 pages.
    Paperback: Feb 2013,
    496 pages.

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A suspenseful, character-driven mystery about murder, guilt, family, and the ties that bind

The verdict is in: BookBrowse readers think William Landay's Defending Jacob is a hit - 23 out of 24 reviewers rated it 4 or 5 stars! Here's what they have to say:

Many readers enjoyed Landay's fresh writing style:
Defending Jacob is much better than the typical thriller - there are no generic or stock story lines (Susan R). I was pleasantly surprised to find it well-written, smart, and riveting. Defending Jacob touches on the idea of nurture vs. nature, making the reader question if it is possible to escape genetics (Alexandra S). Though it is not difficult to follow the plot or remember the characters... it is definitely not simple. Landay is very careful to ensure continuity in his story. The plot is unusually interesting... the story is clearly articulated and quite unique (Susan R).

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