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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.

In far too much bad fiction, suspense has replaced drama as the motive force of storytelling. There is, in fact, an entire subgenre of fiction dedicated to the ignorant error—“thrillers.” Suspense, however, is the sworn enemy of good fiction.

To create suspense is to induce anxiety—that is, to cause distress. And naturally, then, the craving is for relief. You read as quickly as possible to di...

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Defending Jacob
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 128,392 ratings — published 2012 — 59 editions
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Mission Flats
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 1,977 ratings — published 2003 — 38 editions
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The Strangler
3.19 of 5 stars 3.19 avg rating — 1,223 ratings — published 2007 — 24 editions
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Défendre Jacob
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2014
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“At some point as adults we cease to be our parents' children and we become our children's parents instead.”
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Defending Jacob by William Landay

Defending Jacob
William Landay

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, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

Every parental instinct Andy has rallies to protect his boy. Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him. Andy must. He’s his father. But as damning facts and shocking revelations surface, as a marriage threatens to crumble and the trial intensifies, as the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own—between loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, between a past he’s tried to bury and a future he cannot conceive.

Award-winning author William Landay has written the consummate novel of an embattled family in crisis—a suspenseful, character-driven mystery that is also a spellbinding tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying speed at which our lives can spin out of control.
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Sycamore Row (Jake Brigance, #2) by John Grisham

Sycamore Row
John Grisham

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier.

The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly? And what does it all have to do with a piece of land once known as Sycamore Row?
  3 votes 25.0%

The Nine  Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin

The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
Jeffrey Toobin

In The Nine, acclaimed journalist Jeffrey Toobin takes us into the chambers of the most important—and secret—legal body in our country, the Supreme Court, revealing the complex dynamic among the nine people who decide the law of the land. An institution at a moment of transition, the Court now stands at a crucial point, with major changes in store on such issues as abortion, civil rights, and church-state relations. Based on exclusive interviews with the justices and with a keen sense of the Court’s history and the trajectory of its future, Jeffrey Toobin creates in The Nine a riveting story of one of the most important forces in American life today.
  2 votes 16.7%

The Death Penalty in America  Current Controversies by Hugo Adam Bedau

The Death Penalty in America: Current Controversies
Hugo Adam Bedau

In The Death Penalty in America: Current Controversies, Hugo Adam Bedau, one of our preeminent scholars on the subject, provides a comprehensive source-book on the death penalty, making the process of informed consideration not only possible but fascinating as well. No mere revision of the third edition of The Death Penalty in America (1982) this volume brings together an entirely new selection of 40 essays and includes updated statistical and research data, recent Supreme Court decisions, and the best current contributions to the debate over capital punishment. From the status of the death penalty worldwide to current attitudes of Americans toward convicted killers, from legal arguments challenging the constitutionality of the death penalty to moral arguments enlisting the New Testament in support of it, from controversies over the role of race and class in the judicial system to proposals to televise executions, Bedau gathers readings that explore all the most compelling aspects of this most compelling issue.
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee

Tomboy Scout Finch comes of age in a small Alabama town during a crisis in 1935. She admires her father Atticus, how he deals with issues of racism, injustice, intolerance and bigotry, his courage and his love.
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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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