Alex Cross's TRIAL
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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.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #558516 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!
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.
Most helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
By Joshua D. James
Total waste of time. The storyline is terrible with a lackluster ending. If m. Night shyamalan and Michael bay co-wrote a book I would expect the book to be of this caliber. James Patterson, you're a well renown author, you should be ashamed to put your name on this atrocity. Overall, if you bought the digital copy gift the book for the holidays. If you bought a paperback copy, use the paper for rolling blunts so you can forget you pay money for this garbage.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
like 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
Alex Cross Is Dead
Unfortunately, Patterson has gone the way of many top authors by letting someone else write the books. This book has nothing to do with Alex Cross. It follows no known characters. No murders are solved. No criminals apprehended. Ask me if I care about great, great grandfather Cross! It's like picking up a book from a pile of nobodies. Tom Clancy, Patricia Cornwell and others have gone down the same road and their recent book ratings reflect it. This is the end of Alex Cross. Why not let him go out in style?