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Alex Cross's Trial    by James Patterson & Richard DiLallo order for
Alex Cross's Trial
by James Patterson
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Little, Brown & Co., 2009 (2009)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

At the turn of the twentieth century, Ben Corbett is a lawyer in Washington, D.C., trying the toughest cases that come down the pike. Because of his reputation, President Theodore Roosevelt asks him if he will go back to the town in which he was born and see just what is the story on all the lynchings in the Deep South. True? Exaggerated? Completely false?

With turmoil in his mind his wife is threatening to leave him because his job takes over his life Ben travels to Eudora, Mississippi. Met with derision, he finds that the town is against him because they feel he is siding with the blacks. He is confronted with actual lynchings and, at the risk of his own life, determines to advise the president that the stories he has been hearing are true.

Reading Alex Cross's Trial makes one cringe and wish it were possible to change history. Telling it like it was is important to Ben and he almost pays with his life. Man's inhumanity to man continues to raise its head. And the cruel treatment of blacks goes on. Would that this powerful story wake up those who support racism of any kind. As well as those who perpetuate the cruelty. But then they probably aren't the type to read an edifying story.

Alex Cross's Trial - a story purportedly told by Patterson's fictional hero Alex Cross, based on his great uncle Abraham's experiences in a time when the Ku Klux Klan flourished - is 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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