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Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson
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Dec 15, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: hmmm, fiction
Read in January, 2010

Ben Corbett...lawyer... upstanding... a man of principles... wife and children...

turn of the century... south ... KuKluxKlan & lynchings... lies..

Abraham Cross... upstanding... a man of principles... extended family... patient...

Ben is sent by Roosevelt to the south to determine the truth about the lynching... he learns more than he expected... he is lynched (and survives because he was taller than the tree branche - but he was left for 3 days and takes a long time to recover), he helps to fight off the KKK attack on Cross' family (much to the KKK's surprise - they weren't expecting any one to defend)... and looses the case in court.

snippets I remember... Cross' granddaughter - wise, innocent, cynic, optomist, ... there's an unacted upon attraction... and they shock the town by kissing (and enticing the KKK) in front of a lot of people.

Roosevelt did not intervene... he was happy that the case made into court... bringing it to the public's attention.

Ben's best friend - sucked in by the KKK - truly unable to see its harm.

A Jewish man is lynched ... not just blacks who say the wrong thing or are in the wrong place.

His family was waiting for him at home.
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