Alex Cross's Trial (Alex Cross #15)
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...more
A good conceit.
The story itself dealt with lynchings in Mississippi in 1906 (also the year of the deadly San Francisco earthquake which nearly leveled that city). The story dealt with a truth which many people, especially Southerners, denied for years – the Klan was ali...more
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: firs...more
Ben Corbett is a Southern-...more
As with all too many popular novels, Alex Cross's Trial (in which, by the way, Alex Cross is wholly tangential), never exceeds a 6th grade reading level and contains precisely zero subtlety. If there's a point Patterson wishes to make, prepare to have it b...more
That being said, I enjoyed it. It is by no means a great book, but you won't be disappointed. It is you...more
Ben Corbett is a D.C. lawyer who takes civil rights cases like they're going out of style, despite them being low pay and high inv...more
Another fast read "by" Patterson. Who's really writing his books, anyway? Who is Richard Dilallo & why is his name on this book as a co-author? What is his contribution, since he's never written any previous books?
The premise of the story is engaging, but doesn't live up to its potential. This is the story of Ben Corbett, transplanted white Mississippian, and an investigative assignment back in his hometown. During the course of the investigation he works with Abraham Cross and finds out so...more
The story delves into the dealings of the Ku Klux Klan in Eud...more
The introduction states that the book is actually by Alex Cross. He has been wanting to tell the story for years. The Trial looks back t...more
The year is 1906, and America is segregated. Hatred and discrimination plague the streets, the classroom, and the courts. But in Washington, D.C., Ben Corbett, a smart and courageous lawyer, makes it his mission to confront injustice at every turn. He represents those who nobody else dares defend, merely because of the color of their skin. When President Roosevelt, under whom Ben served in the Spanish-American war, asks Ben to investigate rumors of the resurgence of the Ku Kl...more
Ben, a Harvard law graduate, returns to his hometown for the first time since his mother's funeral. He's to met Abraham Cross, a black man, who will aid him in his investigation.
What he finds sickens him and when he s...more
Mostly set in 1906 in the small town of Eudora in Mississippi where lynchings and beatings still continue. The KKK is still around even though it had been outlawed for many years. Ben Corbett is a w...more
This is a fast read, but not a great book. It is perfect for a three hour airplane trip.
Ben is an idealistic lawyer, who is losing his wife because he devotes so much time to good works. TR asks him to investigate lynchings in his home town in Mississippi. He goes, and he discovers that lynchings are common. He even gets lynched himself. Abraham Cross is the wise old African-American, and his daughter is Moody. Ben has a nice relationship with them.
Ben does not have a good relationship with...more
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...more
This is a joke. If Patterson thinks he will continue to outsell most other authors putting this drivel out on the market and churning 4-6 books out a year, he is kidding himself.
I think that his publishers need to take him to task. These books are not even worth p...more
the story takes place in a little town in D.C. where Ben lives now. ben is on a trial case and when he gets a note from president rosevelt he goes on a mission that will change his life. Ben has to go back to h...more
Full of violent characters in an extremely violent time, Abraham Cross helps the President's investigator determine what is happening with lynchings across the South. He also includes famous persons like W.E.B Du Bois and Ida B. Wells-Barnett.
Unfortunately, there is not a...more
The main character is a lawyer from Washington DC who is asked personally by President Teddy Roosevelt to investigate stories of lynching in his southern home town. Then the Pre...more
In the Roosevelt era, a white lawyer, Ben Corbett, is sent by the president, back to his hometown of Eudora, Mississippi to check if tales of lynchings are true.
Corbett finds a body in every tree, (including, at one point, his own) and a false friend behind every door.
The depictions of the hangings...more
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The subject of a Time magazine feature called, "The Man Who Can't Miss," James Patterson is the bestselling author of the past year, bar none, with more than 16 million books sold in North America alone. In 2007, one of every fifteen hardcover fiction books sold was a Patterson title. In the past three years, James has sold more books than any other author (according...more