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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Patricia
  • walkersville, MD, USA
  • 09-02-09

awful

This was the worst I have listened to in years. So disappointing. I love James Patterson but I can not suggest this for anyone.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Very Disappointed Even at $9.95

Extremely disappointed in this book, not at all like his other work. I was on the fence about buying another Cross novel, as he has not been developing his characters enough. I do not come away with the feeling that I know the characters, I do not get caught up in his novels. Mr Patterson has a big name, but keeps on writing books with other authors. Appears that he is cranking out books to cash in on his name. I think I am to the point where I will drop him from my list of authors.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Ron
  • Sherman Oaks, CA, United States
  • 08-26-09

Grand History, Excellently Narrated

The story here is brilliant in its ability to show the parallels between our time in history and the social upheavals of a hundred years ago. It is heartbreaking and funny ; uplifting and heartwarming. Enough cannot be said about the narration by Dylan Baker, an actor I've admired for years. This performance displays a range of emotion, dialect and versatility rarely equalled. This is a vital and entertaining audio experience.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Amy
  • Rock Island, IL, USA
  • 12-10-09

Waste of a credit

While I normally enjoy the author, I could not get past the voice of the narrator. I stopped listening after the first 20 minutes. Oh well, next time I will listen to the sample reading better.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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unexpectedly good

I didn't think I would like this departure from the normal Alex Cross series but I really did enjoy both the story and the performance

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good book

was a good book but I like Axel Cross books. want to read more of his.

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Duped

Purchased this book thinking it was an Alex Cross novel, but it's not, even though it is clearly listed in the series. If you are listening to the series, skip this one. I listened to the end. In hindsight, wish I had returned it.

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engaging read

loved the story. sadly it seems like it was based on a true story. that is part of what keeps you so drawn in.

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Riveting, Shocking, Fascinating and Emotional...

This book, though fictional is a raw and revealingly glimpse into a horrific past for people of African descent.

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great story

very good read kept me riveted I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a realistic view of historic events