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 early-twentieth-century Washington DC, Ben Corbett represents the toughest cases. ...
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 early-twentieth-century Washington DC, Ben Corbett represents the toughest cases. Fighting against oppression and racism, he risks his family and his life in the process. When President Theodore Roosevelt asks Ben to return to his hometown to investigate rumours of the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan there, he cannot refuse. Arriving 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.
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This was a great read. This was mush different from the run of the mill Patterson books. Enlighting in many areas, well writtenand very enjoyable.
Feb 4, 2011
not strictly about alex cross the detective, but about his familys past and dealings with kkk, but still a good read .
Mar 12, 2010
This book goes into segration problems in the deep south in the early 1900s. Mans inhumanity to man is quite shocking. I am quite sure that things like those described in the book actually happened back then, and it is indeed a poor reflection on mankind in general. The story is well written as you might expect from Patterson, and it holds your interest all the way through. I found it to be very good reading even with the gory graphic events it dealt with. It is not a very good reflection on the good people of the deep south during that time period.
Nov 5, 2009
good background and great to know of Alex Cross heritage
Sep 27, 2009
This novel takes place in the early 1900?s. Slaves had been freed, and the Ku Klux Klan (even though it had been outlawed) was alive and well in the Deep South. Ben Corbett, a lawyer in Washington, DC, is asked by President Roosevelt to go back to his small home town in Mississippi and find the truth about the Ku Klux Klan. It?s too hard to describe how the black people had to live back then, but Patterson has the ability to put the reader right in the middle of it. At times I cried reading this book?.which is very unusual for me. Sometimes the feelings and emotions pour out of the pages so real that you want to look away, but you can?t stop reading. Even though this is a novel, and the characters are not real, I?m sure that Patterson did a lot of intensive research before he wrote it. That?s why I say ?hard reality?.
Publishers Weekly, 2009-09-28 Framed as a book written by Patterson's iconic detective, Alex Cross, the story centers on the relationship between Cross's great-uncle Abraham and civil rights lawyer Ben Corbett, who teamed up at the turn of the 20th century to fight the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi. Shawn Andrew's turn as Alex in the introduction is unmemorable, but Dylan Baker, the core narrator, captures listeners with keen emphasis and pacing. Even if his voice tends to be a bit caricatured (his Theodore Roosevelt invokes an old-time radio shtick), his overall efforts-coupled with typical Patterson pacing and prose-will keep listeners hooked. A Little, Brown hardcover. (Aug.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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