Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson and Richard Dilallo

Alex Cross's Trial
By James Patterson and Richard dilallo
ISBN: 0446561800
416 pages
Grand Central Publishing

Alex Cross tells the incredible story—passed down through the generations—of an ancestor's courageous fight for freedom.
From his grandmother, Alex Cross 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 book he's written—a novel called Trial.
A lawyer in early-1900s Washington, D.C., Ben Corbett fights against oppression and racism—and risks his family and his life in the process. When President Theodore Roosevelt asks Ben to return to his hometown to investigate rumors of the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan there, he cannot refuse.
In Eudora, Mississippi, Ben meets the wise Abraham Cross and his beautiful daughter, Moody. With their help, Ben discovers that lynchings have become commonplace. Ben vows to break the reign of terror—but the truth of who is really behind it may break his heart. Written in the fearless voice of Detective Alex Cross, ALEX CROSS'S TRIAL is a gripping story of murder, love, and unparalleled bravery.

My Thoughts:
Well. Hum. *scratches head* I'm not really a mean person, but I could just smack someone somewhere who led me to believe I was going to get a novel full of the eccentric Alex Cross and his adventures. WRONG! I got the story of a deceased relative, which did reveal a few skeleton's in the Cross closet, and a retelling of the tragic times when blacks were harassed, tortured, and lynched without benefit of law in the South, more specifically, Mississippi. On the bright side, I did actually enjoy learning more about Cross's background. The manner in which the historical parts of this book are handled, gives it some saving points, also. It reads more like a 'historical' than a 'suspense' in my opinion.

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