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Defending Jacob: A Novel de William Landay
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Defending Jacob: A Novel (2012 original; edició 2013)

de William Landay

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Defending Jacob : a novel by William Landay (2012)
Títol:Defending Jacob: A Novel
Autors:William Landay
Informació:Bantam (2013), Paperback, 448 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
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Defending Jacob de William Landay (2012)

  1. 60
    Perduda de Gillian Flynn (2LZ)
    2LZ: Gone Girl is a mystery and psychological thriller rolled into one. I loved Gone Girl with the exception of the disappointing ending. Both novels were thought-provoking and engaging.
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    BookshelfMonstrosity: These legal thrillers are heavy hitters with emotional depth, developed characters, and frightening revelations. In both, the plot revolves around a young boy's involvement in a murder investigation and trial.
  4. 20
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    sparemethecensor: Both are crime novels set in Massachusetts with extensive focus on the crime's impact on family. However, Mystic River is darker and goes far more in-depth into the crime's repercussions on the families involved.
  6. 20
    Before and After de Rosellen Brown (amyblue)
    amyblue: Both deal with the situation of parents whose child is accused of murder. Defending Jacob deals more in depth with the legal concepts involved.
  7. 20
    Presumed Innocent de Scott Turow (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Personal lives are in thrown into turmoil as connections to a murder threaten careers and family relationships. Despite their differences, these two legal thrillers both contain masterfully crafted characterizations and dialogue as well as emotional depth.… (més)
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The story leaves more questions and loose ends than it answers, so it cheats you out of the greatest pleasure of reading a crime novel, the neatly tied up ending and an A-ha moment. It touches on the effect of crime on the ordinary lives of its protagonists, and you get to understand that regardless of the verdict in a court room, the true judgment on any suspect comes from society and the people with whom he has close relationships. Worth reading for some of its drama aspects, but fails on the neatness of the conclusion, which makes it very realistic. ( )
  moukayedr | Sep 5, 2021 |
Book club book. Good and interesting. Learned about DA defending son, evidence, etc. Kept my interest. Should have ended when .. Patz hung self, or when it was discovered that Father Kelly murdered Patz.
But no, mom had to wreck car with Jacob in it and kill him.
Dumb ending.
  avdesertgirl | Aug 22, 2021 |
A total slogfest for me. Trial doesn't start until 60% into the book. The dad was a complete jerk. Rolled my eyes at the ending.

HOWEVER! I think the upcoming series (Apple TV ) with Chris Evans could be really good. Looking forward to it. ( )
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
4.5 stars
This book had me from the start and never let go until the quite shocking last sentence. Hadn't seen that ending coming at all! This is a very solid mix of justice thriller/family drama that kept me guessing... and speechless in the end.

Loved the Apple TV series which was an (almost) 1:1 adaptation of the book. Read the book first, then watch the show. ( )
  Heidi64 | Jul 18, 2021 |
I thought "Defending Jacob" was a remarkable book, bringing the tension of a courtroom murder case together with the tension of the family involved. This book is a mystery, a crime story, dealing with the death of a 14-year old boy and the accusation of his classmate, the son of the local Assistant District Attorney, of the crime. William Landay, himself a lawyer, did a wonderful job of capturing the tensions of the criminally accused, and the stresses the entire family of both victim and accused must feel. Raising teenagers can be challenging, but dealing with teen victims and especially a teen accused of murder is a life changing experience. As evidence is presented which strengthens the case against the accused, Jacob Barber, you find yourself questioning Jacob's innocence or guilt. And you see how the child's parents start expressing the same level of agonizing uncertainty. The parents love their son, and they question themselves, question how well they truly know their son, and question just how far they can go, and should go, to protect their son. Mr. Landay truly makes you feel empathy for the parents, and sympathy (and shared frustrations) for raising teens.

Mr. Landay did a masterful job of keeping the flow of the story moving, occasionally discussing events in the present, and occasionally discussing events in the past. But the blend is seamless, and never leaves you confused as to the time or the place of the story.

I found myself engaged throughout the book, never quite certain what to expect, and never quite able to anticipate the final outcome. There may be a few, but only very few, sections which make you question the likelihood of the story, but overall I found myself anxious to read more, anxious to see where the story would take me.
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  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
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William Landayautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Gardner, GroverNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Hanssen, KurtTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Horsten, TheoTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Poulsen, Anne MetteTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Here is the dirty little secret: the error rate in criminal verdicts is much higher than anyone imagines. Not just false negatives, the guilty criminals who get off scot-free—those "errors" we recognize and accept. They are the predictable result of stacking the deck in the defendants' favor as we do. The real surprise is the frequency of the 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. Memories fail, eyewitness identifications are notoriously unreliable, even the best-intentioned cops are subject to failures of judgment and recall. The human element in any system is always prone to error.
A jury verdict is just a guess—a well-intentioned guess, generally, but you simply cannot tell fact from fiction by taking a vote.
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