William Landay




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William Landay is the author of the New York Times bestseller Defending Jacob. Previous novels include Mission Flats, winner of the Dagger Award for best debut crime novel, and The Strangler, which was an L.A. Times favorite crime novel and nominated for the Strand Magazine Critics Award as best crime novel of the year.


Beginners sometime ask me how a novel is written, the answer to which is: Any way at all. One knows only when it is finished, and then if one is at all serious, he will never do it the same way again.


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Average rating: 3.93 · 106,976 ratings · 13,352 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
Defending Jacob
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 105,399 ratings — published 2012 — 53 editions
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Mission Flats
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 1,659 ratings — published 2003 — 36 editions
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The Strangler
3.18 of 5 stars 3.18 avg rating — 1,018 ratings — published 2007 — 24 editions
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William Beth wrote: "Hi William,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery/suspense author. I just loved DEFENDING JACOB and have recommended it to oodles of people, including my book club."


Of course! Good luck with your writing.


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Beth Hi William,
Thanks for befriending this fellow mystery/suspense author. I just loved DEFENDING JACOB and have recommended it to oodles of people, including my book club.


Graeme Stokes Hi William, Thanks for being my Friend... look forward to reading Defending Jacob.


Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend


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