Concord, MassachusettsTwo weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.
Events: Mystery Night 2012
Book: Defending Jacob
William Landay is the author of The Strangler, a Los Angeles Times Favorite Crime Book of the Year, and Mission Flats, winner of the John Creasey Dagger Award for Best First Crime Novel. A graduate of Yale University and Boston College Law School, he was an assistant district attorney before turning to writing.
In Landay’s latest novel, Defending Jacob, 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 their 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.
Joseph Finder says of Defending Jacob — “A novel like this comes along maybe once a decade...a tour de force, a full-blooded legal thriller about a murder trial and the way it shatters a family. With its relentless suspense, its mesmerizing prose, and a shocking twist at the end, it’s every bit as good as Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent. But it’s also something more: an indelible domestic drama that calls to mind Ordinary People and We Need to Talk About Kevin. A spellbinding and unforgettable literary crime novel.”