|Born||1963 (age 50–51)
|Alma mater||Roxbury Latin School
Boston College Law School
|Notable award(s)||New Blood Dagger (best debut crime novel, 2003)
Strand Magazine Critics Award (best mystery novel, 2012)
Early life and education
Landay's third novel, Defending Jacob, was released in January 2012. It was well received by critics and became an immediate New York Times best seller. Defending Jacob was awarded the Strand Magazine Critics Award for best mystery novel of 2012 and was nominated for several other awards, including the Barry Award and Hammett Prize, both for best crime novel; the International Thriller Writers Award for best thriller; the Harper Lee Prize for best legal novel; and the Goodreads Choice Award for both best mystery/thriller and best author.
- Mehegan, David, "His cases have become mysterious: Lawyer-turned-novelist digs up dirt in old Boston", The Boston Globe, March 20, 2007; "Author Profile: William Landay", Bookreporter.com, February 2, 2007.
- Mehegan, David, "His cases have become mysterious: Lawyer-turned-novelist digs up dirt in old Boston", The Boston Globe, March 20, 2007.
- Harris, Nancy, "William Landay Speaks About 'Defending Jacob': Crime fiction takes on a child murderer", The Boston Globe, June 17, 2012.
- "Strand Magazine Announces Nominees for 2007 Critics Award: Award honors excellence in the field of mystery fiction", Strand Magazine, March 20, 2008.
- Maslin, Janet, "A Savvy Prosecutor, but Clueless About His Son: ‘Defending Jacob,’ by William Landay", The New York Times, February 12, 2012.
- Anderson, Patrick, "Book review: ‘Defending Jacob,’ by William Landay", The Washington Post, February 05, 2012.
- "Hardcover Fiction Best Sellers", The New York Times, February 26, 2012.
- Cf. author's website.
- Malandrinos, Cheryl C., "Interview: William Landay, Author of Defending Jacob", Blogcritics, February 13, 2012