Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county 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,... read more
Legal Thriller. For 20 years, Andy Barber has been happy with his law career as a prosecutor and his home life in suburban Massachusetts. All that changes, however, when his son is accused of murdering a fellow middle-schooler. Throwing his all into the investigation and -- for the first time... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Legal Thriller. For 20 years, Andy Barber has been happy with his law career as a prosecutor and his home life in suburban Massachusetts. All that changes, however, when his son is accused of murdering a fellow middle-schooler. Throwing his all into the investigation and -- for the first time -- into a law defense, Andy must make wrenching decisions as he considers that his son may in fact be guilty. Compared to the best work of Scott Turow and John Grisham, Defending Jacob is a suspenseful, character-driven thriller from an award-winning author.
“When we hold a trial, we are saying a mass. We are praying together to do what is right and to be protected from danger, and that is worth doing whether or not our prayers are actually heard.”
“He lived in the lawyer's binary world, guilty or not guilty, and he was determined to keep me pinned there.”
“The real surprise is the frequency of false positives, the innocent men found guilty. That error rate we do not acknowledge--do not even think about--because it calls so much into question. The fact is, what we call proof is as fallible as the witnesses who produce it, human beings all.”
“Treat a man like an anvil and he will long to hit back.”Andy Barber
“Lieutenant Detective Nils Peterson joined the force in Newton just a few years before I started at the DA's office, fresh out of law school. Which is to say, I had known Nils since 1984 - when Neal Logiudice was in high school struggling to maintain a busy schedule of A.P. classes, band, and compulsive masturbation. (I am speculating. I cannot say for sure that he was in the band.)”Andy Barber
1. In the Grand Jury
2. Our Crowd
3. Back to School
5. Everyone Knows You Did It
8. The End
13. 179 Days
15. Playing Detective
17. Nothing's Wrong With Me!
18. The Murder Gene, Redux
19. The Cutting Room
20. One Son Was Here, the Other Was Gone.
21. Beware the Fury of a Patient Man
22. A Heart Two Sizes Too Small
24. It's Different for Mothers
25. The Schoolteacher, Glasses Girl, the Fat Somerville Guy, Urkel, the Recording Studio Guy, the Housewife, Braces woman and Other Oracles of Truth
26. Someone is Watching
28. A Verdict
29. The Burning Monk
30. The Third Rail
31. Hanging Up
32. The absence of evidence.
33. Father O'Leary
34. Jacob was mad
36. Helluva Show
38. The Policeman's Delemma
40. No Way Out
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