07 April 2013

Alex Cross Series & Review: Alex Cross's Trial | James Patterson & Richard Dilallo

I've read many of the novels in James Patterson's Alex Cross crime series:
-  Along Came A Spider
-  Kiss The Girls
-  Jack and Jill
-  Cat and Mouse
-  Pop Goes The Weasel
-  Roses Are Red
-  Violets Are Blue
-  Four Blind Mice
-  The Big Bad Wolf
-  London Bridges
-  Mary Mary
-  Cross 
Double Cross
-  Cross Fire

However; Alex Cross's Trial is a departure from the above suite of novels.  Essentially it's a family tale involving a lawyer by the name of Ben Corbett, and a man called Abraham Cross, who happens to be Nana Mama's Uncle.  (For those familiar with the Alex Cross series, Nana Mama is Alex's Grandmother).  Alex decides to write the story after reading Corbett's journals.

Taking place in the early part of the Twentieth Century, President Roosevelt sends Corbett from DC to Eudora Mississippi, his hometown, to find out more about the supposed lynchings that have been reported.  Racism is rife, lynchings are commonplace and Corbett must gather information and stay alive despite being quickly labelled a 'nigger lover'.

Overall, an exciting departure from the regular series, and a great historical fiction read from the time of the Ku Klux Klan in the South.

My rating = ***

Carpe Librum!

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