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Alex Cross's TRIAL

Alex Cross's TRIAL
By James Patterson, Richard DiLallo

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Separated by time

From his grandmother, Alex Cross has heard the story of his great uncle Abraham and his struggles for survival in the era of the Ku Klux Klan. Now, Alex passes the family tale along to his own children in a novel he's written--a novel called Trial.

Connected by blood

As a lawyer in turn-of-the-century Washington D.C., Ben Corbett represents the toughest cases. Fighting against oppression and racism, he risks his family and his life in the process. When President Roosevelt asks Ben to return to his home town to investigate rumors of the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan there, he cannot refuse.

United by bravery

When he arrives in Eudora, Mississippi, Ben meets the wise Abraham Cross and his beautiful granddaughter, Moody. Ben enlists their help, and the two Crosses introduce him to the hidden side of the idyllic Southern town. Lynchings have become commonplace and residents of the town's black quarter live in constant fear. Ben aims to break the reign of terror--but the truth of who is really behind it could break his heart. Written in the fearless voice of Detective Alex Cross, Alex Cross's Trial is a gripping story of murder, love, and, above all, bravery.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #339574 in Books
  • Brand: Little, Brown and Company
  • Published on: 2009-08-24
  • Released on: 2009-08-24
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.50" h x 1.30" w x 6.38" l, 1.34 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 380 pages


  • Great product!

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From Publishers Weekly
Fans of Patterson's serial-killer hunting detective, Alex Cross, expecting another cat-and-mouse thriller based on this book's title, will find Cross's appearance limited to a two-page preface in which the fictional character explains why he's written a book called Trial. Abraham Cross, a relative who lived in Eudora, Miss., at the beginning of the 20th century, helps liberal lawyer Ben Corbett to expose the truth about a wave of lynchings near that town, an assignment undertaken at the request of Corbett's friend, President Theodore Roosevelt. When Corbett arrives in Eudora, where he was born and raised, he receives a frosty reception from many unhappy with his record of representing African-Americans accused of murder, including a cold shoulder from his father, a judge. Soon, Corbett finds evidence that racism is alive and well, and that brutal murders of blacks, often for the most trivial of reasons, are endemic. Some may be disappointed that Abraham plays a relatively minor role, given the jacket line that "the Cross family had more than one hero."
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About the Author
James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

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5Love all the Alex Cross books - I have the ...
By Nightshade42082
Love all the Alex Cross books - I have the entire series and am reading them a second time! Patterson is a master of intrigue and suspense!

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5Amazing, extremely interesting!
By Toni V.J.
This book was so realistic in its portrayal of the lives of Blacks and whites in that time period. The details were remarkable...made you feel you like you were truly living in that time period, experiencing the privileges of the whites and the fear and prejudices the Blacks felt every day.

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5Five Stars
By H. Wurst
great book, could not put it down.

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