May 31, 2010

Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson and Richard Dilallo

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.


MY REVIEW

An very unusual concept ... where the fictional character in a book series becomes the "author" of a book. This book has been compared by some reviewers to the book "To Kill a Mockingbird", and I totally agree. Of all the books I have read by James Patterson, this is by far my favourite.

This story covers the brutality and racial discrimination in historical Mississippi, where lynching of blacks was commonplace for crimes often only imagined by their white counterparts. No fair trial, no chance to defend themselves.

Ben Corbett was a very brave white man, and sickened by the unfair treatment of the black people in the small town of Eudora. Due to his bravery, Ben also became a target of the KKK. He was brutally attacked and left for dead, but only by a very strange fluke did he survive.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants a brutally honest look into a very dark time in the history of America.

I received a complimentary copy of Alex Cross's Trial from Hachette Books for the purpose of review.

Alex Cross's Trial
Category: FICTION, SUSPENSE & THRILLERS
Format: TRADE PAPERBACK
Publish Date: 4/6/2010
ISBN: 9780446561808
Pages: 416

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