Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Alex Cross's TRIAL [Mass Market Paperback]

I've finished "Alex Cross's Trial" by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo.

Product Description

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.

About the Author

James Patterson is one of the bestselling writers of all time, with more than 170 million copies of his books sold worldwide. He is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, featuring Alex Cross and the Women's Murder Club. He has won an Edgar Award -- the mystery world's highest honor -- and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider were made into feature films.

His lifelong work to promote books and reading is reflected in his new Web site, ReadKiddoRead.com, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children's books for their kids. He lives in Florida.

Richard DiLallo is a former advertising creative director. He has had numerous articles published in major magazines. He lives in Manhattan with his wife.

Product Details
Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Vision; Reprint edition (December 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0446557781
ISBN-13: 978-0446557788

My Review:

In 1906, race relations are being threatened and the war has just ended.  Equality is still a foreign concept -- especially in the south. Theodore Roosevelt (the President of the USA) has placed an urgent call to Ben Corbett a prestigious lawyer summoning him to The White House. The President instructs Corbett to seek the aid of Abraham Cross in his home town of Mississippi and together investigate the outbreak of burning and lynching of minorities.

When he finally arrives it doesn't take him long to find Cross who is being escorted by a beautiful young woman, Moody. Moody is Cross' grand daughter and together they show Corbett the true extent of the hate - filled assaults in a once peaceful town. While it does take Corbett a while to accept the truth, he does finally come to realize just how dangerous the situation is.

This book had lots of twists and turns especially dealing with Abraham Cross.  I thought the racial overtones were well written but they could be quite graphic though.

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