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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: #860975 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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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Chilling, but accurate, portrayal of life in the southern United States during the Jim Crow years.
By Grammie CH
This book took me back to a terrible time in the country's history that we are still feeling the repercussions of today. It helped me to feel the terror Black people felt due to the lynchings and other crimes inflicted on them by the KKK, mostly in the former slave holding states, The reason for the cruel treatment of Black people, and the terrorist night raids was actually shown to be the white population's fear of losing privileged status in society and their fear of not being able to compete fairly for jobs and resources against Black people who were used to working harder and longer hours for little or no pay. In fact, many Black citizens were still working and living under inhumane conditions on plantations that operated just as they had when slavery was legal. Unfortunately, the government at all levels was in cahoots with the racists, citizens in all walks of life were in the KKK, and thus, the Black population had little to no source of help during those decades of Jim Crow and racial terrorism.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Excellent story of the confrontations of black versus white people ...
By Volunteer Coordinator
Excellent story of the confrontations of black versus white people in the South after the Civil war. The extreme prejudice of the white people against
black people is evident in lynchings and killings by the outlawed KKK reveals a historic time in America's history.
When an attorney is sent by the President to investigate the reports of these actions, he ends up being hung by himself and manages to live.
He finds friends that are sympathetic to end of the killings and manage to arrest and bring to trial three suspects knowing that they would be set free to continue their destructive ways.
An epic battle between the blacks and the KKK results in a major change in the behaviors of all involved and leads to a change in the mental attitude of the times.
An excellent writing by this author that is written fairly and accurately.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5like all of Patterson's books
By Jennifer Daane
This book was a hard read, but only because the writing was so compelling and the topic so wrenching that it made me uncomfortable. This is a fictional account of the reality human people actually experienced in our country. It is a story not so far removed from what is currently happening in our country and it gives me hope that change is not only possible but is happening all around us. The characters in this story are, like all of Patterson's books, emotionally engaging and complex. Whether you like them or not, you will know them. That's an incredible feat! The story was as good the first time reading it was it was the second time, as I'm sure it will be the next time I read it.

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