Defending Jacob Character Descriptions

William Landay
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Andy Barber

This person is the protagonist and narrator of the novel. He serves as First Assistant to the District Attorney until his son is charged with murder in connection with the death of a schoolmate. This character is married, but his wife knows nothing about his violent family history until he is forced by his son's indictment to tell her.

Bloody Billy Barber

This character is the protagonist’s father and the titular character’s grandfather. The protagonist distanced himself from this character when he was still a young boy. This character was put into prison after committing murder and is serving a life sentence for some heinous crime involving an empty building, a young girl and a knife.

Dan Rifkin

This character is the father of the murdered boy at the center of the novel's murder mystery. Before this character becomes aware of the protagonist's family member's...

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