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Alex Crosss Trial by James Patterson

Alex Crosss Trial (edition 2010)

by James Patterson

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Title:Alex Crosss Trial
Authors:James Patterson
Info:Arrow (2010), Paperback
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The year is 1906, and America is segregated. Hatred and discrimination plague the streets, the classroom, and the courts. But in WashingtonD.C., Ben Corbett, a smart and courageous lawyer, makes it his mission to confront injustice at every turn. He represents those who nobody else dares defend, merely because of the color of their skin. When President Roosevelt, under whom Ben served in the Spanish-American war, asks Ben to investigate rumors of... ( )
  Tutter | Feb 28, 2015 |
This was my first James Patterson novel though I am familiar with the movie adaptations of his Alex Cross books.

Spoilers below.

I found this to be an easy read. I picked it up for a time killer while getting ready for the day and was pulled in. I enjoyed it up until the end. All throughout the book Ben and his friends were fighting for what was right but by the end they were just being deliberately provocative and my sympathy began to wane. The big twist at the end with FDR was so obvious you expected a well educated lawyer like Ben to see right through it. And then there was the family, no tension there, and they didn't even feel like characters, just templates.
Everything just seemed to wrap up too quickly and it was all sorts of meh. ( )
  AnarchicQ | Oct 30, 2013 |
This book was an interesting one. This definitely could be a stand alone book and doesn't need to be read with the Alex Cross series. Here's the reason why. The book is about the story of how Alex Cross's distant relative came into play with a lawyer helping out Teddy Roosevelt investigate lynchings happening in Mississippi.
For the rest of the review, visit my book blog at: http://angelofmine1974.livejournal.com/59795.html ( )
  booklover3258 | Jul 2, 2013 |
I've read many of the novels in James Patterson's Alex Cross crime series, however; Alex Cross's Trial is a departure from the above suite of novels. Essentially it's a family tale involving a lawyer by the name of Ben Corbett, and a man called Abraham Cross, who happens to be Nana Mama's Uncle. (For those familiar with the Alex Cross series, Nana Mama is Alex's Grandmother). Alex decides to write the story after reading Corbett's journals.

Taking place in the early part of the Twentieth Century, President Roosevelt sends Corbett from DC to Eudora Mississippi, his hometown, to find out more about the supposed lynchings that have been reported. Racism is rife, lynchings are commonplace and Corbett must gather information and stay alive despite being quickly labelled a 'nigger lover'.

Overall, an exciting departure from the regular series, and a great historical fiction read from the time of the Ku Klux Klan in the South. ( )
  Carpe_Librum | Apr 7, 2013 |
Don't expect the typical Alex Cross novel. This book has balls.

It takes place in the deep south in the early part of the 1900s. It is a book about small town racial prejudice and fear. You can feel the atmosphere and sense the tension. ( )
  EctopicBrain | Dec 4, 2012 |
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Readers will have to discover the adventure for themselves.
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Detective Alex Cross tells the story of an ancestor, Abraham Cross, and his experiences with lawyer Ben Corbett, recounting one man's pursuit of justice in the face of the resurgence of Ku Klux Klan racism and violence in 1906 Eudora, Mississippi.
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A good book from one of America's most prolific and loved authors. You can't go wrong with that combination.

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The Cross family had more than one hero

Alex Cross tells the incredible story - passed down through generations - of an ancestor's courageous fight for freedom.

Separated by time

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.

Connected by blood

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.

United by bravery

When he arrives in Eudora, Mississippi, Ben meets the wise Abraham Cross and his beautiful granddaughter, 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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Detective Alex Cross tells an ancestor's story, in this astonishing account of one man's bold pursuit of justice in the face of racism and violence.

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