The final reading in the 2013-14 season of the South End Library's Authors Series will feature former district attorney William Landay who will talk about his successful third legal thriller, Defending Jacob. Nominated by for several prizes --including the Massachusetts Book Award-- and winner of the Strand Critics Award for Best Mystery Novel, Defending Jacob is set against the background of suburban Newton's school community and family rooms. A local district attorney takes the case of a murdered classmate of his teenage son, Jacob, found in nearby woods. The only fingerprint on the dead boy's shirt turns out to be Jacob's. The courtroom drama unravels the secret lives lived by both father and son, and painfully details the immediate social ostracism that takes place in a high-achieving town that prides itself on doing well by their children. Stephen King called Defending Jacob "the best crime-and-courtroom drama in years." So you have to come. Landay's earlier thrillers include Mission Flats, which won the 2003 John Creasey Dagger award, and The Strangler, which was shortlisted for Strand Magazine's Critics Award as the best crime novel of 2007. The reading starts at 6:30. Seating is limited. Readings that feature a local-angle can draw crowds, so you may want to come early. The library is fully handicapped accessible. Books will be available for borrowing, buying and signing by the author.