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Landay, William. DEFENDING JACOB: A NOVEL. New York City, NY: Delacorte Press, 2012. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 425 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's third novel. One of the most important literary events of the year 2012. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Removable Barnes & Noble green sticker pasted on the DJ's front. Presents William Landay's timely and thoughtful novel. "Tells the story of a district attorney's son who is accused of killing a classmate. As the father attempts to prove his son's innocence, Landay explores uncomfortable territory: Can a tendency toward violence be inherited? Is the capacity for murder a genetic disposition? Gets the taut nuances just right, capturing the subtleties of a trial in a packed courtroom, where a small rustle or murmur can signify a lot. In the end, Landay pulls off a clever plot device that doesn't reveal itself until the final pages" (Neal Thompson). Since his award-winning debut novel, "Mission Flats" (2003), William Landay has been hailed as the successor of Scott Turow and John Grisham, a best-selling author of the thriller genre that literate readers should take seriously because, as Michael Ondaatje once said, the best thrillers are moral literature. His third novel is definitive proof that Landay, a former Boston District Attorney, made the right decision when he gave up a high-profile legal career in order to become a full-fledged writer. A graduate of Yale University and Boston College Law School, he is self-taught as a writer, as some lawyers, doctors, and scientists curiously tend to be. Suspense and surprise are narrative elements of all fiction, and the truly exceptional ability to keep a reader gripped and guessing is rare even among thriller writers (it eludes them after the first triumph or so, and they invariably end up repeating themselves). A "must-have" title for William Landay collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the title page by William ("Bill") Landay. The novel was selected as a "Barnes & Noble Recommends" title and comes with a removable green sticker that is pasted on the DJ's front cover. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Many copies available in stores and online have serious flaws even if they are "New" because of shoddy packing on the publisher's part. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Creasey Memorial Dagger Award as the Best Debut Crime Novel in 2003 for "Mission Flats". Winner of the Strand Magazine Critics Award as the Best Crime Novel in 2007 for "The Strangler". One of the most brilliant living American writers of the thriller genre. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER WILLIAM LANDAY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0385344228. $40.00

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