Separated by timeFrom 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.


This book was a very easy read and it’s fast paced too.  Although the title of the book says that this is an Alex Cross thriller, it is actually much more, it’s powerful story lynching into the racial injustices in the South during the early 1900s. This is not the typical Cross investigation, but I liked it. I got to meet the earlier characters in the Cross family from the Cross family history . Though the chapters are short with bigger fonts but the subject matter is very impressive and thought provoking. In  most part the authors tries to make a believable sense of place and time. Some historical figures make an appearance, including President T. Roosevelt.

The story begins with,  when Ben returns to his hometown after an absence of six years. He finds that many of his former friends and neighbors are upset with his outspoken opposition to Jim Crow and lynching. He does, however, have some loyal friends, including Elizabeth Begley, Ben’s first flame. Well, the fire is still there, although both Ben and Elizabeth have married others.

The book explores in depth the tension between Ben and the white residents of Eudora. Many of them come to despise Ben for his support of African-American equality. This group includes Ben’s estranged father, a local judge, who ends up presiding at the book’s centerpiece, the “trial” of three whites who murdered two people during a raid on Abraham Cross’s home.

Ben becomes the subject of obscene taunts and insults. He is placed in grave peril.

If you like a good story, read the book.

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    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.


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