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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.

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

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  • Carolyn
  • Palm Harbor, FL, USA
  • 08-27-09

In a word ... miserable

Generally. I'm not given to writing negative reviews, if I don't like a book ... I figure I've already wasted enough of my time ... but this book has driven me to make an exception. I gave up reading Patterson when his writing started feeling more an exercise in prolific banality than creative genius. I really enjoyed his early work and especially the character, Alex Cross. One more chance I thought ... this is Alex Cross. All I can say is I wish I had my ten bucks back, this was miserable. Patterson cares more about the commercial buck than his writng craft. Too bad he sold himself down such a cheap river.

148 of 157 people found this review helpful

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Poor story; Worse narration

I decided to read the book because I enjoy recent historical fiction. I was especially interested in learning about the deep South and how blacks were treated in the early 1900's. I was so disappointed. There was little depth to the book, yet such a deep subject. I thought it was slow and violence just for the sake of violence. The narration was painful. I never felt like the book took place over a hundred years. The narrative had a rather hip, sarcastic tone and absolutely no southern accent even though it was in first person and the character was from Mississippi. Too many chapters. The music at the end of some of the chapters was totally annoying and not necessary. The worst audible book I have ever listened to. I should have gone with my gut and quit an hour into it.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Keep looking

I hate to leave bad reviews, but it really is that awful. It's a lot like The Magic Treehouse childrens' series, except with extreme violence. Weirdly, the poor narrator reads these harrowing scenes in a chipper, slightly amused voice. There's lot of good audiobooks here, but this is not one of them.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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I Feel Manipulated

If you are considering getting this book in order to experience another great adventure of Alex Cross - forget it. Alex Cross's name is boldly included in the title of this book, but this book is NOT about him - not at all. It's about an ancestor of his. While the story that's the basis for the book is okay, James Patterson and the publisher blatantly manipulates potential readers by including in the book's title the name of a well known and much beloved character - Alex Cross. We deserve better and they should be appropriately criticized.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Where was Alex Cross?

I kept waiting for the connection to Alex Cross. Some characters had the last name of Cross, but I never did figure out why this book was titled Alex Cross's Trial. The book was slow and verbose. I felt like the author was trying to get to certain word count level.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Pamela
  • Andrews, NC, USA
  • 12-22-09


Lawd, lawd, there is nothing more frustrating that listening to a non-southerner try to imitate a Mississippi accent. Worse, when they try to conjure up a Mississippi Negro accent. There is the barest connection to Alex Cross in this story, so I felt mislead that this was advertised as a Cross novel. Also, it is beginning to get on my nerves that Mr Patterson gets so much credit for books he does not solely author. How much of his books are his, and how much of the credit belongs to his co-authors? Is Mr. Patterson incapable of writing a book by himself?

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  • Michael
  • Port Charlotte, FL, USA
  • 09-04-09

Not an Alex Cross book

If your looking for the next suspense thrilled chapter in Alex Cross's life, keep waiting. This is racial historical folklore disguised as a bedtime story told by Cross about generations past. Nana Momma isn't even a factor. Even family guy retrospects include a tie to current situations as stupid as they are.
This is another "co-author" James Patterson example of putting his name on someone else's work, possibly for the money or to rack up his total publication numbers. If he's giving NEW TALENT a break, he should be much more selective! It would be like Patricia Cornwell narrating a story of Scarpetta's niece Lucy's grandparents courtship with zero connection to current story lines.
How will we know when the next Patterson novel is really he former " Beach House" or "Roses are Red" quality. I'm not buying anymore DUAL Author let downs.

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If you could sum up Alex Cross's TRIAL in three words, what would they be?

A must read!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Actually I had two favorite characters 1) Ben Corbett because this man did not mind breaking down barriers despite the known consequences which seemed never to be good. My second favorite was Moody Cross, that girl has spunk, courage and intelligence. I hope we hear more from her.

Which scene was your favorite?

Moody on the witness stand during the White Raiders trial. That was priceless.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The entire book kept me sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened next, and the entire book took me back to my childhood days listening to the older folks talk about the civil rights movement and the happenings going on in the south years after the President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation; and truth be told are still going on in some parts of the south today centuries later.

Any additional comments?

This book I think is my favorite of the Alex Cross series I've read thus far. Granted it wasn't what I was expecting from the title; I expected Alex Cross to be going through the trial of one of his captured serial killers. That being said this book is very enjoyable and the performance by the narrator and the background music was incredible. I really enjoyed this book and I think anyone wanting to go back in time a little will also. However, if you're expecting it to be Alex Cross solving another mystery, sorry that's not this book. In fact, Alex isn't mentioned once in the entire book if I'm not mistaking, but I'm sure we will learn in a later book his connection to Abraham and Moody Cross in this book.

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A Cross Trial

Loved it!! Best so far in Cross series! Would suggest this to everyone.. great history of a time that should never have been and should not be repeated. May we learn!

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great book

love the Alex cross series I think it is the best book in the series

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