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.
When he arrives in Eudora, Mississippi, Ben meets the wise Abraham Cross and his beautiful daughter, 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.
Solve another case with Alex Cross.
©2009 James Patterson; (P)2009 Hachette
This was an incredible book involving black history. It was moving and exciting right down to the last minute. A great read!
The book wasn't quite what I was expecting at first, but once the story got moving it became really interesting. It begins with Teddy Roosevelt sending a young lawyer back to his home town in Mississippi to gather information about the KKK and the rumors of killing blacks on little more than a whim. Then later he becomes involved with a murder trial against three white men who killed a black....And from there it becomes somewhat like To Kill A Mockingbird...Very interesting all the way around
I love James Patterson's books, but after reading (or listening to) many of them, you start to know the pattern. I can't say the same for that book though. Different approach, historical background, horrifying experience with KKK, I was pleasantly surprised. The only strange and weak person in this story is the president. Well, and the love story.
New perspective from James Patterson - much better than all of his recent co-authored titles. A very good read - hard to put down.
The words paint a gruesome picture of a shameful time in our nation's history. I understand some people's disappointment that this was not the typical Alex Cross novel, but I think some critics judge the book harshly because of the subject matter. It's ugly. It's brutal. It's painful to think about. But lynchings like the ones Patterson and Dilallo write about really happened, and it's good to have a reminder every now and then. We should not forget our history -- not the good and not the bad.
I thought this book was AWESOME, it kept me waiting to find out what happened next and I could hardly get away from it. The time and the place puts you right there so you can almost feel what each person is feeling. It really makes you stop and think Have we really changed?
From the reviews; you either love it or you hate it. Those who hate it seem to have been expecting something else. Since I had no such expectations - having never read an "Alex Cross" novel, I read it as a fan of James Patterson.
I don't usually write reviews. If I like a book I will read it; if I see it's going nowhere, I won't bother. This book kept me on the edge of my seat and I could not put it down. The imagery in the book made me feel like I was there. I laughed, I cringed, I got angry, I was moved. For me, it was just a great story, very well narrated.
Loved the book! I was captivated from the beginning. It isn't want we are use to in the Alex Cross series, but definitely worth the read.
although not the traditional alex cross story . very intertaining while giving insight to the south right after the war between the states. enjoyed it
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