By William Landay
Andy Barber has been an assistant district lawyer in his suburban Massachusetts county for greater than two decades. he's revered in his neighborhood, tenacious within the court, and satisfied at domestic along with his spouse, Laurie, and son, Jacob. but if a stunning crime shatters their New England city, Andy is blindsided by means of what occurs subsequent: His fourteen-year-old son is charged with the homicide of a fellow student.
Every parental intuition Andy has rallies to guard his boy. Jacob insists that he's blameless, and Andy believes him. Andy needs to. He’s his father. yet as damning evidence and stunning revelations floor, as a wedding threatens to fall apart and the trial intensifies, because the main issue unearths how little a father understands approximately his son, Andy will face a tribulation of his own—between loyalty and justice, among fact and allegation, among a previous he’s attempted to bury and a destiny he can't conceive.
Award-winning writer William Landay has written the consummate novel of an embattled kin in crisis—a suspenseful, character-driven secret that also is a spellbinding story of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying velocity at which our lives can spin uncontrolled.
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D e ad l y E r r o r s | 25 “Here,” he said, handing it to his partner. At 57 Bill still looked like a Marine drill sergeant. Lanky, not an ounce of extra fat. From running every day, Tyler thought. Compulsive about it. Also clad in green scrubs, Bill held up a rectangular oak box the size of a small jewelry case. Loupes. Magnifying eyeglasses worn by most neurosurgeons. ” His partner spun the combination lock to his locker. A triangle of sweat darkened the midline of Bill’s scrub shirt by at least two shades.
Aggravate the vocal cords into spasm and the resulting lack of oxygen will cause Larry’s brain to crush the brain stem. He lifted Larry’s chin, tilting the entire head back toward him and opened the mouth. Laryngoscope in left hand, he slipped the silver blade into the mouth and over the tongue, inserting almost all the curved part before pulling straight up. The pale pink larynx popped into view, both vocal cords glistening in the light. Holding the scope steady, never losing sight of the cords, he held out his right hand.
Well then—” “I’ll do it,” Tyler interrupted. ” Soon as the words flew from his mouth a feeling of panic shouldered aside his confident reply. Unlike the well-lit operating room where a few anesthesiologists allowed him to practice this skill, this area had poor lighting and he was wedged awkwardly between the scanner and the wall. ” The CT tech pulled the white sheet over Larry’s exposed genitals. Pale yellow urine flowed down the plastic tube toward the collection bag. The nurse gently pushed Tyler aside as she wheeled a stretcher next to the scanner.
Defending Jacob: A Novel by William Landay