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Defending Jacob, by William Landay
Discussed on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at 6:30pm

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.

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 rallies Andy to protect his boy. Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him. Andy must. He's his father.

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 has tried to bury and a future he cannot conceive.