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William Landay speaks about ‘Defending Jacob’

Crime fiction takes on a child murderer

When children commit violent crimes against other children, it often generates national headlines. When the shock subsides, it leaves many of us desperately seeking some rational explanation for the underlying cause of such aggression. But some of us will be satisfied only by seeking justice for the victim and punishment for the offender.

In “Defending Jacob,” about a 14-year-old boy accused of murdering his classmate, Boston author William Landay brilliantly weaves a story that leaves his reader hungering for a little of both.

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