by MommyDearest on September 27, 2009This 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”.
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