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Alex Cross's Trial (Alex Cross #15)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  18,238 Ratings  ·  1,348 Reviews
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 case
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2009)
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Sep 21, 2009 Hans rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 03, 2014 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 08, 2009 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 w ...more
Christopher Cook
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 ...more
Ms. Nikki
Not about Alex Cross, just a story of a family member in times of extreme racism.

Not for me.
Nov 09, 2009 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 09, 2010 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Oct 26, 2015 Megan rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2013, nope
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 writin
Sep 04, 2009 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Read In Colour
Dec 30, 2009 Read In Colour rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 stor
Feb 15, 2012 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 inhuma ...more
Deborah Sloan
May 30, 2010 Deborah Sloan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alex Cross's TRIAL
Early 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
Milt Jacobs
Jun 10, 2016 Milt Jacobs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story about racism in the south.
Marcella Johnson
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.
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 a ...more
Mary Cushnie-Mansour
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 ...more
Dec 04, 2012 Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jan 30, 2012 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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: firs
Kimberley Baker
Nov 18, 2012 Kimberley Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 25, 2009 Marie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 th ...more
Mar 08, 2010 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jun 29, 2015 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Patterson takes on a much more important subject than murder mysteries in this book. He takes a look back at lynching in the Teddy Roosevelt era. It gets pretty intense and seems to do a good job portraying the hateful culture of small town Mississippi in the early 20th century.

Ben Corbette is a young lawyer in DC and is called upon by the POTUS to go back to his hometown in podunk MS, to see if lynching and the KKK is as prevalent as it sounds, even though both had been outlawed years before. N
❆ Crystal ❆
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.
Woah, Mr Patterson. As someone who is reading and enjoying the Alex Cross books in order,I was shocked by this book. A little bit of warning was necessary! This is a book about Alex's great uncle Abraham Cross in the era of the KKK. I think this book needs to be read to understand it fully and this review isnt going to give you much info.
I found it too gripping to put down. I often struggle with books around racism. I find them so difficult to read. I think it's because I often put myself into t
Karen Phillips
Aug 31, 2013 Karen Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 27, 2014 Kayla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Alex Cross's Trial" is about family drama, envy, and twisted peoples actions that resulted in violence back in 1906. It's about a lawyer named Ben Corbett who is sent back down to his hometown of Eudora in the deep South to help stop crucial lynchings by the KKK. He has to find evidence and put all the men behind bars, whether it being ignorant towns people or friends of his. His duty is to help innocents, but with his father as the judge, the man who makes the final decisions, is going to be a ...more
J.W. Thompson
May 25, 2011 J.W. Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Stacey Nelson
Sep 11, 2016 Stacey Nelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Patterson takes you out of the series and investigates the past in this installment of the Alex Cross series. It is not about Alex Cross at all, but his relatives who lived in the South in the early 1900's, when racism, prejudices, and unfairness amongst people of color were common place. It tells the story of what it was like to live in that time and all the disturbing, sinister acts that went down. We all know from history "the way it was" but in this fictional story you get a more factu ...more
Aug 13, 2011 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex Cross is featured in nearly two dozen novels under the James Patterson brand. This book’s title, however, is a bit deceptive if the reader is expecting another modern psychological thriller. One of the chief characters is A. Cross—Abraham, not Alex. The story purportedly is a rendition from the files of Benjamin Corbett, illustrating Abraham Cross who is fingered as an uncle to Alex’s grandmother, Regina Cross, otherwise known as Nana Mama in the other Cross tales.

Ben Corbett is a Southern-
Kerrol Hermit
Jan 30, 2012 Kerrol Hermit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first James Patterson novel and i got to say he is my favorite author. In this historical Fiction story Alex Cross is sent deep down in the south to his home town Eudora,Mississippi. He is sent there by President Theodore Roosevelt to investigate the numerous crimes of lynching there. At first he is glad to accept this assignment but realized the risks. When he gets there he visits old friends and his family,but after that he gets to work. First he goes to the local sheriff to get som ...more
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