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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 caSeparated 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 bloodAs 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 braveryWhen 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....

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Alex Cross's Trial Reviews

  • Hans
    2019-03-20 10:28

    This review of the book Alex Cross's Trial, by James Patterson & Richard Dilallo, is by Hans W. & Lindsay. With all due respect to Mr. Dilallo, I decided that since James "paid-by-the-chapter" Patterson no longer needs to be the primary author of the Alex Cross books, I no longer need to be the primary reader of the fore-mentioned series.Here is what my reader had to say about this book:Lindsay: 2 stars"I'm sorry, but this is NOT the book that "Alex Cross" would write. I find it hard to believe that he would focus all his energy on Ben and his happiness at the end of the book and give very little in the way of character development and concern about his own family. There's NO way that Moody would be safe and sound when Ben left, after all that happened. It makes me sad to think in the South at the turn of the century they would have lynched her the second Ben stepped foot out of town and had no one to protect her. I'm sorry, a war can't be won in a day and a town's racism certainly wouldn't have been erased with that half-assed KKK conflict at the end of the book."AC's Trial adds absolutely nothing to the Alex Cross series and gives no insight to Alex's ancestry. I was expecting a lot of strong family members to give proof to Alex's strength and how he was raised, but got this weak crap instead."James Patterson, start writing your own damn books again!"Lindsay, thanks for reading this book, so that I did not need to. I appreciate your help.

  • Nancy
    2019-03-03 05:02

    For those of you who are fans of Alex Cross (and I am one), this book is a surprise. It is not about the Alex Cross we know and love, but about his ancestors.I have mixed feelings about this book - it's well written, engaging, and holds you until the end - many of the features I look for when choosing a book. The characters are memorable.However, the topic - the old South (1906) full of hatred, prejudice, lawlessness, and separation is a bitter pill to swallow. I recognize how far we've come in the relations between blacks and whites but unfortunately understand that those same prejudices still exist among races, cultures, socioeconomic groups, and in relation to sexual orientation, religious differences, and on and on.As I read this book I felt embarrassment, shame, horror, and responsibility. I don't understand how humans can treat other humans or in fact, any living beings, with such cruelty - to maim, harm, humiliate, hang/lynch. I think it must be how someone from Germany feels when they read stories about the Nazis. They love their country and they are Germans. I love the South and I am Southern. And yet, I do not want to be associated with those who believe that those horrific acts were warranted and justified. Were we responsible? Not for things that happened before we were even born. Are we responsible now? Yes - to recognize if/when our behaviors contribute toward hate and prejudice, and to take action when we see an injustice. I think I will have this story with me - in my head and heart - for a long time.

  • Jill
    2019-03-21 13:13

    I needed a little light-hearted break from a couple of intense books I've been reading, and what better than a James Patterson/Alex Cross, right? WRONG!!! It was a good read and kept me up until after 3 a.m., but a light-hearted break it was NOT! Actually, it was a very disturbing book, certainly thought-provoking and certainly worthy of that thought. Set in Mississippi in 1906, Alex Cross's grandfather is one of the main characters, along with Ben Corbett, a young D.C. lawyer and Harvard grad who has been personally appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt to investigate lynchings in the deep south. I won't say more, other than it was disturbing, mostly because, while fiction, it is certainly based on true events of the time. Typical of Patterson, the characters are strong and with a few exceptions very believable. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a Patterson fan and a history buff as I am, but I do not necessarily recommend it for bedtime reading.

  • Sarah Spelbring
    2019-03-06 06:16

    I've been meaning to read from the Alex Cross series for awhile now (ever since the corresponding movie/series came to Netflix), but haven't for reasons. So now I have, even though it is a book that is not part of the main timeline.This book takes us back to Alex's ancestor, Abraham, who is not the main character. In the early 1900s people of color were free from slavery, but not from segregation and prejudice....or lynchings. Our main character, Ben Corbett, is sent on a mission to Mississippi, his hometown, to define the extent of the racism going on. There were points where I wondered if American history really was as bad as it's depicted within the pages of this book, and it really made me upset at all the stuff the "bad people" were doing, even though I'm sure it was the normal thing to do at the time. Let's just say I'm so glad that period of history is over, and that society has moved on (somewhat, there are still prejudices but at least the legal system isn't quite so biased anymore). Anyway, I enjoyed the book. I enjoy reading James Patterson. I need to read the rest of his books that I own.

  • Christopher Cook
    2019-02-20 12:15

    It took me a very long time to finish reading this novel because of how disturbing it is; it really is difficult to get through because of the gruesome detail exercised in regards to, specifically, lynchings, and while it may be true that Patterson's work usually is fairly gruesome, it is a lot more difficult to read something that is based on something that really did happen. Every character that is lynched in this novel represents a person that really did live once until his life was cut short with a rope bound tightly around his neck. With that being said, as a big James Patterson fan, I really appreciate the fact that he wrote a historical fiction novel, something that, as far as I can remember, he has not tried yet, unless you would consider the Jester a work of historical fiction. The novel makes it clear that Patterson did his homework and uncovered as much information about life in the American south during the early part of the twentieth century as he could manage, and the novel pays very close attention to detail. I really enjoyed reading this novel, especially since I learned a lot about Alex's ancestry, and, if possible, I would even like to use it in an English classroom after I become a high school teacher, seeing as how it is so historically significant and focuses on a time period that I feel is far too often ignored by teachers.

  • Richard
    2019-03-16 05:14

    I have read many, many of James Patterson's books -- and have enjoyed every one of them. However, this book is by far the best book that he has written, and should be read by even those who are not familiar with his books and characters. It is a different type of book altogether, and is written from the viewpoint of Alex Cross, his protagonist in so many novels. It is also a historical-type book, in that it is the story of an event which took place in Alex Cross's family long before he was born. Set in the Mississippi of 1906, it shows how one town can so easily be torn apart, and set friend agains friend, in the un-ease which followed the freeing of the slaves following the Civil War. Great reading! A real page-turner to the very end, with a cast of surprising characters -- including President Teddy Roosevelt.

  • Ms. Nikki
    2019-02-23 12:05

    Not about Alex Cross, just a story of a family member in times of extreme racism.Not for me.

  • Alaina Meserole
    2019-02-22 11:07

    This book sort of threw me for a loop because it's not about Alex. It's about his ancestors. Which don't get me wrong, it's not a bad book at all but it's really hard to write out this review.In Alex Cross's Trial, Patterson talks about the old south where Racism is alive and kicking and no one knows what the hell "equality" means. The main character in this book, Ben Corbett, arrives back to his hometown in Mississippi after six years of being away. Ben goes through hate-filled assaults from people he has known for most of his life - which was heartbreaking. This was a really hard book to read and I have no idea how I can write a good review on it. Patterson also delivers some good twists and turns throughout the story that have you hanging on the edge of your seat. Now I know about our history and I'm glad I wasn't born to see it happen because reading about what people went through makes me so freaking sad. I hate that anyone lived or went through that. I hope the world can learn from our past mistakes and create a better and brighter future for everyone to enjoy and thrive in.

  • Dave
    2019-03-15 11:20

    I really liked this book. I enjoy Patterson books in general, but this one, I feel, is one of his better works. Patterson and Dilallo keep you on the edge of your seat with events and fully involved in the characters. They point out the human frailties of fear and feeling of safety in packs, ego and the use of any means (or any one) to better ones self image, greed and discrimination and all the other things the human animal clearly shows as normal traits. The most dangerous animal walks on two feet. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself, and this book manages to shed a little light in that direction.A good read.

  • Bob
    2019-02-18 06:08

    Ok, first off it you are expecting another Alex Cross suspense novel you will be disappointed, because this one isn't. It starts off by telling you that the Cross family has a history of keeping their history alive with oral stories passed down from generation to generation. It the moves into one story, that of a Mississippi born young lawyer, Ben Corbett, who is practicing in Washington DC taking on more poor and often black clients, much to the dismay of his wife who hopes he will take a more lucrative line of the law. The year is 1906 and TR is President when Ben gets a summons to the White House from his former commander in the Rough Riders. TR asks him to take on a secret mission back in his home town of Edura, Mississippi where under cover of interviewing candidates for federal judgeships he is to report on the rise of lynching and the KKK activity. On arriving in Eudora, Ben finds things not much changed over the years including his father, a prominent local Judge with whom he has a very strained relationship. The remainder of the story deals with the conflict between Ben's liberal views on race and the imbedded views of the towns people, some of whom he had once called good friends. Ben ends up in a trial prosecuting three locals captured on a raid on a black household and running into entrenched local "Justice" from his father the judge in the case to the local towns people. In a way this book reminded me of Grisham's Painted House. A local period piece of a segment of US history. I expect that those who expect the South will rise again will not be great fans of this one. ISBN - 978-0-316-07062-1, Suspense, Pages - 380, Print Size - R, Rating - 4.5

  • Read In Colour
    2019-03-09 11:58

    At last, Patterson has redeemed himself in my eyes. For too long he has cranked out book after book full of fill-in-the-blank story lines. The names and scenery would change, but the story remained the same. It had gotten to the point where I could figure out "who done it" within the first five chapters of any of his books. But this book? This book here? The master storyteller is back!Titled Alex Cross's Trial, don't be fooled. Alex Cross is briefly mentioned in the first two pages, but the story is that of Washington, DC attorney Ben Corbett. Set in the early 1900s, Ben finds himself summoned to the White House by President Theodore Roosevelt. At the president's request, Ben is dispatched to Eudora, Mississippi to investigate the rise in lynchings. A native of Eudora, Ben is familiar with the ways of the south, but isn't prepared for the journey that lies ahead of him. With the assistance of Abraham Cross, Alex's great great uncle, Ben sets out to complete the task at hand. Along the way he discovers that old friends can't be trusted and new friends come from the most unlikely places.At times I had to simply put the book down and take a break because it set my emotions on edge. Patterson and his co-author, Richard Dilallo, do a fine job of capturing the essence of the town's characters, both black and white. There is no sugar coating of the horror of lynching and the era in history that most of mainstream America would like to pretend never existed. This is a definite must read from Patterson for the first time in a long time.

  • Megan
    2019-03-09 06:02

    Patterson tries to write about a very real, very serious, and very horrifying period in history - lynchings in the early 1900s in the Southern United States. Instead, Patterson writes one of the worst books that I have ever had the misfortune of reading. This book is filled with so many tropes and caricatures that it is damn near laughable, and is written in a manner so pedestrian, that I'm willing to put money on it that the Twilight books (which I have not read) were written better. The writing was so bad that I was actually offended by it. However, I was more offended by the depictions of all of the characters created for this novel. This book was published in 2010, yet it reeks of racism and classism that may have been acceptable 30 years ago, but certainly shouldn't be this day and age. There is a stark difference between telling a story of very real events that happened in our history, and churning out torture porn under the guise of being historical fiction in hopes to make a quick buck. How this even got published is beyond me.Yes, Patterson tries to tell a story of a different place and a different time, and tries to immerse us in that. But he goes about it all wrong. This is the second book by Patterson that I have read, and it will be the last (the first being The Jester, which was also painfully awful).I don't think I would recommend this book to even my worst enemy.

  • Frank
    2019-02-19 05:07

    For Patterson, I thought this was a very powerful novel delving into the racial injustices in the South during the early 20th century. Although the title of the book implies that this is an Alex Cross thriller, it is actually much more. It tells the story of Cross' great uncle, Abraham, and his cousin, Moody, in the town of Eudora, Mississippi. It is the story of lynchings, racial bigotry, hatred, and violence towards African Americans at that time, and paints a very ugly picture of man's inhumanity to man. The book is written in Patterson's fast short-chapter style and is a very quick read but the subject matter leaves you with something more to think about that his usual action thrillers. The trial sequences in the book were somewhat reminiscent of "To Kill a Mockingbird" but not quite in the same league. The book includes references to historical figures such as W.E.B. DuBois and Teddy Roosevelt but I'm not sure of the historical accuracies. If the South was anything like what is portrayed in this story, there is a lot to be ashamed of! Overall, a high recommendation for this one.

  • Deborah Sloan
    2019-03-05 06:25

    Alex Cross's TRIALEarly 20th century, Theodore Roosevelt President, the Klan in Mississippi, and trouble comes knocking for one Washington attorney - 30 year old Ben Corbett a young family man who must leave his wife and two daughters at the bequest of the President. Who can say no to the President? This story of tough times opens our eyes to the mood of the south and the struggles of those who lived through it all. An exciting, gruesome thriller indeed just as we have come to expect from James Patterson. Alex Cross relates this oral history handed down in his family of these terrible occurrences and we are drawn into the characters vivid lives. I truly enjoy reading every James Patterson that comes out and this one doesn't disappoint.

  • Marcella Johnson
    2019-03-16 06:05

    This book was wonderfully gruesome. It really made me consider what black people went through only a couple of decades ago. No wonder so many people are still angry about discrimination that may not have happened directly to them. I would still be angry too if my family were treated in such horrible ways.

  • Milt Jacobs
    2019-03-06 12:09

    Story about racism in the south.

  • Mary Cushnie-Mansour
    2019-03-21 09:06

    Alex Cross’s Trial by James Patterson & Richard Dilallo delivers an incredible, yet alarming story. The setting is early 1900’s, during the era of President Theodore Roosevelt. Ben Corbett is a young lawyer who does not take on the big money cases, choosing to fight against oppression and racism instead. The President asks Ben to probe into some nasty rumours about what the outlawed Ku Klux Klan is up to in the Deep South, Ben having been born and raised in Eudora, Mississippi. He is told to look up Abraham Cross when he arrives, that this man will be of great assistance to Ben. His cover story is that he is down there to scout out future judges for the Bench.On his way to Eudora, Ben scans a number of back issues of local newspapers and is bombarded with sensational stories of lynchings of coloured people. The articles made the killings seem so spectacular––a spectacle not to be missed. Ben also learns, from a fellow passenger, that the white man doesn’t really hate the coloured man––they are afraid of them––mostly that the coloured men will take jobs away from the white man because they are willing to work cheaper. “Yes, sir, the black man has to figure a way to get along peaceable with the white man, without taking his job away … if the black man don’t come to understand this, why I reckon we’ll just have to wipe him out.”Finally in Eudora, Ben has a few ghosts of his own to revisit. Instead of staying with his father, the renowned Judge E. Corbett, Ben checks into a rooming house. We discover soon enough the reason for this, his father not approving of Ben’s direction in law. Ben looks up Abraham Cross and discovers that he is an elderly black man. Together, they begin to unravel the dire situation as Abraham shows Ben the reality of the situation in the South. Ben, himself, after a time, realizes first hand how hated the black people are, and those who sympathize with them! Ben is shocked at who betrays him, and whom he can trust.Ben makes his report to the President, and then waits for a reply. In the meantime, his own little family is falling apart, his wife having written that she is leaving him. She can no longer handle the frustration of having to live so frugally because of the types of cases her husband feels he needs to take on. Eventually, a horrendous event takes place and some white men are arrested for murder and attempted murder, and the trial of the century begins.“Alex Cross’s Trial” is an excellent, well-written story that will have you riveted to each page as it takes you through a part of history that should never have happened. Having said that, though, I am happy to see that no matter how depraved some of mankind are, there are always those who will come forward and fight for justice. Make sure you have some idle time available because you will not want to put this book down.

  • Taylor
    2019-02-20 08:58

    If you are familiar with the Alex cross saga then you will know that James Patterson's book a always written in the present time. In the book “Trial” it is in the the past. It does not even have Alex Cross his self in the book but Crosses ancestor (Abraham Cross). The book was not even written from Abraham Cross point of view but in the point of view of the his associate Ben Corbett. Although the book did have the same theme of the cross books. There was a mystery to to be solved and a trial at the end of the book. The book took place in Mississippi, in the early 1920’s. When Jim Crow going on and when the Klu Klux Klan was strong. Cross and Corbett had to get the facts straight about all of the lynchings that were going on and report them back to Theodore Roosevelt. So the book was mainly about how Corbett had to go undercover and witness all of these bad things that were going. Then put a case together and have a trial.The book was Written in first person from the eyes of Ben Corbett. There were some flashbacks from when Corbett was little he let us know about his childhood and the reason why he didn't not behave the way his people did from his home town.You would like this book if you were not an Alex Cross fan. If you were an Alex Cross fan you would be highly upset to see the that the book was not about him. The book was good and very intriguing. you would not want to put it down after reading it.

  • Angela
    2019-02-21 08:18

    I've been a fan of Patterson's for a long time. Alex Cross is my favorite character although he's really not one in this book. This subject matter has always been of interest to me and I've ready many historical fiction books which I enjoy, although this book is not historical fiction in the truest sense.Patterson stayed true to form with his short chapters which I really love. I couldn't put this book down and it didn't long for me to read it.There were so many juxtapositions in this book: first there's the father and son - Ben Corbett Sr & Jr; there's Moody and Ben Corbett Jr; another is Ben Corbett Jr and his best friend who it turned he really didn't know after all; just to name a few.The other thing that Patterson did beautifully was to set the scene throughout the book to where I could almost visualize every person and every place he described - the small town, the courtroom, the old plantation house, the restaurant, even the hatred in the eyes of those who disagreed with him and his "philosophy"; I could almost see a movie in my mind.Great book!

  • Kimberley Baker
    2019-02-22 13:05

    Was VERY hesitant to read this at first, once realising that this novel really wasn't relevant to the Alex Cross series. Even as I began to read it, I nearly put it down due to the period it was set and, well it was a little slow at first! But as I got further along, it became easier to read, and I couldn't put the damn book down! It was disturbing, with gruesome detail that was nearly hard to read, yet very educational, because even through this is a fictional novel, it's based on events such as the lynchings that did occur in 1906(?) and it's horrific and saddening at the same time. Overall, I really enjoyed it. As it explains the characters in the book Alex Cross himself is writing, you grow to absolutely love them, and you root for them the entire way through the novel. You laugh with them, cry with them, and support them 100% of the way. Even if you have never picked up an Alex cross book in your life, this one is worth a read!

  • Marie
    2019-02-27 11:04

    Another disappointment from Patterson. Although this story starts out as a compelling, though heartwrenching read,the ending once again is slapped together in a rushed and highly implausible finale. The main character gets on a high horse, crusades all around town stirring up the citizens, who have proven themselves murderous, callous, white supremacist, and then says adios, and heads back to his safe lily white world, leaving the black family he befriended and all the other black citizens on their own to defend his actions and the backlash that surely would have occured. It was an insult to my intelligence.Also, I was looking forward to learning about Alex Cross's ancestors, but I feel like I learned next to nothing. The point of view was taken from another character, and the Cross family felt like a rose that had only begun to bloom.

  • Ben
    2019-03-21 07:10

    Wow! I really was setting myself up to go through one more of the Alex Cross series. It seems like it's about tapped out... he's getting way too predictable, and kind of full of himself. But no... this is different. This is written by 'Alex Cross' and is about a family member of his... time is during Teddy Roosevelt's presidency, and takes place in Eudora, Mississippi. All about the color issues of the time... Ku Klux Klan, lynchings, mob rule, etc. Seemed a bit graphic at times... but that may be what we need to understand what life was like back then. I was almost pulling away from it at first, but once I got past my 50-page trial of the book, I was hooked. Good read, maybe more adult than youth (just because of the subject matter and the descriptive writing... ) but I liked it!

  • Marc-Antoine
    2019-03-04 12:02

    Although definitely not what I was expecting, this definitely was a worthwhile read. The story is about lynchings in the early 1900's, and someone who finds the courage to speak up and denounce what is happening. Even though it is a work of fiction, stories like these ones need to be told. We need to understand history in order to not to repeat it. Unfortunately we repeat it all too often, and so little of us have the courage to stand up to the evils in this world. But fortunately some do such as Malala Yousafzai and heroes exist not only in fiction!

  • Karen Phillips
    2019-03-04 05:03

    Though not my favorite Patterson read, I found the historic setting of this story fascinating. The elements of the white attorney Ben Corbett's narrative, the turn of the century hostility toward black Americans, the tension and suspense of lynchings and a trial,, and the characters ancestral to Alex Cross combined to create a narrative I couldn't put down.

  • ❆ Crystal ❆
    2019-03-04 05:19

    1 pathetic star. This is book 15 in a MODERN crime, mystery series. This book isn't about Alex Cross's Trial. It isn't about Alex Cross at all. It's about hate in Mississippi in the early 1900's. I thought it was poorly written and it doesn't belong in this series. I didn't enjoy even 1 small part of this book. Horrible is the best word to describe.

  • J.W. Thompson
    2019-03-05 07:17

    Patterson at his best. A unique idea to have a character in your novels write a book. I was captivated by the history woven into the novel and Patterson took me to an earlier time and place in our history.Thumbs up for this exciting bit of writing.

  • Sharon
    2019-02-18 07:05

    What an awe inspiring read. Down South in Mississippi during the reign of the Klu Klux Klan James Patterson brings to life the ignorance and fear of the Southerners about the blacks. A racial account of what took place back in the day. Well researched Mr Patterson and your skill at weaving a tale into a story that tugged at my heart strings andstill today we have racial tension between black , and white and I do hope one day we can all live in peace and harmony probably not in my lifetime but in the future

  • Randy Tramp
    2019-03-10 05:21

    The Cross Family Had More Than One Hero, Abraham Cross around the turn of the century. What a powerful story, that'll leave images in my mind for a long time. America has a dark past, and in the pages of this book, those horrible incidents are portrayed in vivid detail.This wasn't my most favorite book but has become my most important. The issues dealt with in this story, although very dark and evil, must never be forgotten.Powerful story deserving the highest rating.

  • Natasha the Bilbliophile
    2019-02-20 11:23

    Random story about Alex Cross's family (ancestors?) back in civil war time. Very interesting. Love how Teddy Roosevelt is portrayed :)

  • Charles
    2019-02-20 09:17

    Book gave a good view of Mississippi in the 1910 time period and how the negro's were treated. The book is a real eye opener. One of the best the Alex Cross's series.